New York Jets: 25 Greatest Players In Franchise History; All-Time Team


3. Joe Klecko, DL #73

  • 1977-1987
  • Number Retired, Ring of Honor, 2-Time 1st Team All-Pro, 4 Pro Bowls

Think quick: Who’s the one guy who’s been snubbed worst than anybody as it relates to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Joe Klecko, that’s who.

Not only was Klecko the heart and soul of the Jets famed “Sack Exchange” of the early 1980s, but he was as versatile as they come. The man played inside, outside, and wherever else the Jets needed him.

Evidence of this very feat is that he earned three different Pro-Bowl invitations at three different positions (defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle).

If it hadn’t been for A.J. Duhe and a suspiciously drenched field in Miami in 1982, Klecko’s Jets would’ve squared off against Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.


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