Monday, October 17, 2011
Jets induct 4 into Ring of Honor
By Rich Cimini
The Jets' Ring of Honor will welcome four new members, all of whom be will honored at halftime of Monday night's game. The inductees are Larry Grantham, Freeman McNeil, Gerry Philbin and Al Toon.
Quick bios on each former player:
• Grantham. He played linebacker and called the defensive signals on the Jets' Super Bowl III team. He was the team MVP in 1971 (he likes to say it's because Joe Namath was hurt that year) and he was named to the all-time All-AFL second team. He was an original Jet.
• McNeil. He held most of the team rushing records until Curtis Martin came along. McNeil was a three-time Pro Bowl player and the team MVP in '82 and '84. He wasn't a burner, but he had excellent vision and cutting ability.
• Philbin. The former defensive end was named to the all-time All-AFL first team and also was an impact player on the Super Bowl III team. The defense was overshadowed because of Namath, but Philbin led a powerful unit.
• Toon. He caught at least one pass in 101 straight games. He was tall, athletic and smooth, a three-time team MVP and a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He was forced to retire prematurely in 1992 because of post-concussion syndrome.
The Jets' Ring of Honor now includes 10. The others:
What players deserve recognition in 2012? Mark Gastineau? Wesley Walker? Tony Eason? Only kidding on Eason. What say you?