New York Jets: Wayne Chrebet

Wayne Chrebet, Leon Hess to Ring of Honor

September, 22, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet and former owner Leon Hess were announced as this year's Ring of Honor inductees during the first quarter of the Jets-Bears "Monday Night Football" game.

Chrebet was shown on the jumbo television screen in the stadium and received a huge cheer from the fans. He played from 1995-2005 for the Jets and is second in franchise history with 580 receptions.

Hess was part of a partnership that bought the Jets in 1963, and he bought out his partners to become the majority stakeholder in 1973. Hess owned the team until his death in 1999.

Other members of the Jets' Ring of Honor are Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Weeb Ewbank, Curtis Martin, Winston Hill, Gerry Philbin, Larry Grantham, Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, Freeman McNeil, Wesley Walker, Al Toon and Marty Lyons.

Namath, Chrebet & a special dad from FDNY

June, 9, 2014

In case you missed it, "Good Morning America" did a terrific piece Monday on a New York City firefighter named Lt. Larry Mack. It's a Father's Day theme, telling the story of how Mack became a surrogate father to the children of his best friend, the late Lt. Vinnie Halloran, a fellow firefighter who perished on Sept. 11.

What does this have to do with the New York Jets? Mack happens to be a lifelong fan. To honor Mack for his uncommon loyalty and selflessness, GMA throws a tailgate party at a firehouse in the Bronx, complete with the Jets' Flight Crew, a live appearance by former wide receiver Wayne Chrebet and a taped video message from Hall of Famer Joe Namath.

"Lieutenant, I want to thank you for your years of service to our beloved city of New York," Namath says. "I know you spent many a football Sunday with the kids and make sure they're wearing the green and white, OK? I also know you are a wonderful father and great role model. So, man, from one dad to another, I want to wish you an early Happy Father's Day, and go Jets!"

A positively ebullient Mack, watching on a screen in the firehouse, pumps his fist and exclaims, "Joe Willie!" Mack was invited to sit in a luxury suite at the Jets' game against the Chicago Bears and he will receive a tour of the Florham Park facility from Nick Mangold.

Anyway, you definitely want to check out the video. You might want to keep a tissue handy.