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Building A GGN All Time Jets Team: Interior Defensive Line

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We have the eighth position filled on the GGN All Time Jets Team. The winner of the fifth and final vote at Interior Defensive Line is: Abdul Salaam! Salaam joins his Sack Exchange mates Joe Klecko and Marty Lyons on the roster.

Abdul Salaam played eight years in the NFL, from 1976 through 1983. He was the first piece of what became the New York Sack Exchange to be added to the Jets roster, joined a year later by Joe Klecko. Salaam did the dirty work on that famed unit, soaking up blockers and stopping the run. His career was winding down by the time the Sack Exchange came to prominence, and he played only one game in the NFL past 1982. With the addition of Salaam to the GGN All Time Jets roster, three of the four members of the Sack Exchange have taken their place on the roster.

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.


Quarterback: 3

Wide Receiver: 6

Running Back: 4

Tight End: 3

Offensive Tackle: 4

Interior Offensive Line: 6


Safety: 4

Cornerbacks: 6

Linebackers: 7

Edge: 4














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 begin voting on the edge defenders. 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 New York Jets.


Who is the best Jets edge defender of all time?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Shaun Ellis
    (8 votes)
  • 12%
    John Abraham
    (31 votes)
  • 3%
    Mo Lewis
    (9 votes)
  • 67%
    Mark Gastineau
    (162 votes)
  • 9%
    Gerry Philbin
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    Calvin Pace
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Thomas
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeff Lageman
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Dennis Byrd
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Hugh Douglas
    (1 vote)
239 votes total Vote Now