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Building A GGN All Time Jets Team: Special Teams

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We have the second position filled on the GGN All Time Jets Team. The winner of the vote at Punter is: Tom Tupa! Tom Tupa was the Jets punter for just three seasons, from 1999 through 2001. In those three years Tupa averaged 43.1 yards per punt for his 231 punts in a Jets uniform, while providing the added benefit of being the Jets emergency backup quarterback. In 1999 Tom Tupa averaged 45.1 yards per punt, the third best average in the NFL that year. That earned Tupa first team All Pro honors, making Tupa the only punter to ever earn All Pro honors in a Jets uniform. That year Tupa also was named NFL Special Teams Player of the Month in November. Tupa followed up his stellar 1999 season with the Jets by posting the fourth best yards per punt average in the NFL in 2000. Tupa also posted the longest punt in the NFL in 2000, a 70 yard blast. While his time with the Jets was brief, it was filled with top performances. That earns Tupa the punter spot on the GGN All Time Jets Team.

From now until mid July I’ll be putting up a daily poll asking GGN to vote on the best Jets players of all time. The idea here is to build a 55 man roster of the best players ever to wear the Green and White. The roster will consist of 26 offensive players, 26 defensive players, and three special team players. We now have two of three special teams slots filled.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: 3

Wide Receiver: 6

Running Back: 4

Tight End: 3

Offensive Tackle: 4

Interior Offensive Line: 6

DEFENSE

Safety: 4

Cornerbacks: 6

Linebackers: 7

Edge: 4

Interior Defensive Line: 5

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: 1

PAT LEAHY

Punter: 1

TOM TUPA

Returner: 1

Every day I will be putting up a poll at one position. The choices will be limited to players who were on the Jets roster for at least three seasons. I will not be including players who were great for other teams but not great for the Jets (for example, guys like Matt Forte or LaDainian Tomlinson will not be included in the polls, though both those guys would be excluded for not meeting the three year rule as well). Each day we will close the previous day’s poll and the candidate with the most votes will be added to the GGN All Time Jets Team. In the event of a tie vote both players will be added to the team.

In the event I have made an egregious omission and a name you think should be on the poll is not there you can write in candidates in the comments section. If a player gets support in the comments section I’ll add him to the next day’s poll.

So let’s get to it. Today we continue with special teams, voting on the returner on the crowd sourced GGN All Time Jets Team. Who will it be? Vote early, vote often, and let’s hear who you think are the best players ever to have played for the Jets.

Poll

Who is the best Jets returner of all time?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Bruce Harper
    (57 votes)
  • 50%
    Leon Washington
    (115 votes)
  • 1%
    Jo-Jo Townsell
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Justin Miller
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Bobby Humphery
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Lou Piccone
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Dick Christy
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Terrance Mathis
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Joe McKnight
    (10 votes)
  • 12%
    Brad Smith
    (29 votes)
  • 0%
    Kirk Springs
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Leon Johnson
    (2 votes)
228 votes total Vote Now