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Saturday, February 4, 2012
Historic day for Jets?

By Rich Cimini

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Jets didn't make the Super Bowl, as their coach had predicted, but they nevertheless will have a presence Saturday in the heart of Indianapolis.

The Hall-of-Fame voting commenced at 7 a.m., and two of the 15 modern-era finalists have Jets connections -- Curtis Martin and Bill Parcells. The new Hall-of-Fame class will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on the NFL Network.

After reaching the final 10 last year but falling just short in his first year of eligibility, Martin is considered a strong candidate. Parcells, no doubt, also is worthy of being enshrined in the halls of Canton, but his chances appear less certain than Martin. A max of five modern-era candidates can be elected in any one year.

Some of the rules are quirky, too quirky. You could make the argument that Parcells is more deserving than Martin -- after all, he won two Super Bowls -- but the 44-person selection committee has a tendency to do some strange things. For the record, I believe Martin and Parcells belong -- this year. Martin said Parcells was the most instrumental person in his career.

The Jets have only two players in the Hall of Fame that made their names in the Green and White -- QB Joe Namath and WR Don Maynard. Martin, who played from 1998 to 2005, would be the third. Others in the Hall that played for the Jets:

RB John Riggins, 1971-75
S Ronnie Lott, 1993-94
WR Art Monk, 1994

Coach: Weeb Ewbank, 1963-73