Mark Gastineau and Wesley Walker are two players well-known among die-hard New York Jets fans. Both players had a lot to do with the team's successes in the 1980's. For their contributions, they will be inducted into the New York Jets Ring of Honor.
Mark Gastineau had one of the most outstanding careers out of anyone who has played for Gang Green. He had a reputation as an elite pass rusher in his 10-year NFL career. During his time with the Jets he recorded a team record 74 sacks, including 22 in the 1984 season, which stood as an NFL single-season record for 17 years. If sacks had been official statistics for his first three seasons, his career sack total would be up to 107.5. Gastineau was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and earned All-Pro and All-AFC honors five times as well, all of which occurred from 1981-1985.
Number 99 was a huge part of the intense defensive line unit known as the New York Sack Exchange, which also featured Ring of Honor member Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam. Their tendency to get to the quarterback was one of the factors that resulted in the NFL making sacks an official statistic. Gastineau will also be remembered for his famous "Sack Dance" that he did after every sack he recorded. It would later be qualified as unsportsmanlike conduct, forcing Gastineau to stop celebrating.
When you discuss the greatest Jets wide receivers of all-time, Wesley Walker will always be in the conversation. The 1977 second-round pick out of Cal made numerous big contributions to Gang Green. He was big factor in Gang Green's 1982 playoff run, which resulted in a trip to the AFC Championship Game. He also formed a receiving duo with Al Toon that would become a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. In his 13 years with the Jets, Walker recorded 438 receptions for 8,306 yards, and 71 touchdowns. He also earned two Pro Bowl trips.
The most vivid memory Jets Nation will have of Walker is his memorable performance on September 21, 1986. In that game, Walker had six receptions for 194 yards and four touchdowns. One of those was scored with no time left in regulation and would lead to overtime, where he would catch the game winning pass as the Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins 51-45 in an epic shootout. Another big thing about Walker that earns respect from many people is how he was able to make so many great catches throughout his career despite being legally blind in one eye.
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