The night before the Super Bowl is the annual election of that year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
The Class of 2019 has eight members, including former Jets center Kevin Mawae.
Mawae was one of Bill Parcells’ biggest free agent signings with the Jets. The center came to New York from Seattle in 1998 and stayed until 2005. In the green and white, Mawae set the standard for center play in the league, earning six trips to the Pro Bowl as a member of the Jets. In six of his eight seasons, he was named to the AP’s First or Second All Pro team.
Mawae’s signing began a run of excellence at the center position that lasted almost two decades. It continued the year after he left when the Jets drafted Nick Mangold in the first round.
Over the last two decades, a number of people who had brief stints with the Jets have been elected to the Hall of Fame but were really known for their work with other teams. Ronnie Lott, Art Monk, Brett Favre, Jason Taylor, and LaDainian Tomlinson might have played for the Jets, but they weren’t really Jets.
Kevin Mawae was and will always be a Jet. One of our guys made it today, and it is well-deserved.
The other inductees this year will be new members of the Jets brief stint club Ty Law and Ed Reed along with Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, and Johnny Robinson.