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


8. Freeman McNeil, RB #24

  • 1981-1992
  • Ring of Honor, 2nd All-Time in Rushing, 3-Time 1st Team All-Pro, 3 Pro Bowls

Until a certain fish was caught from New England by the Big Tuna, Freeman McNeil was the greatest running back in New York Jets history.

It’s not hard to see why.

The guy was durable, reliable, and consistent every step of the way. Ranking second in team history with 8,074 rushing yards, McNeil did it in far fewer carries than No. 28 (1,728 to 2,560).

Putting that number more into perspective,, McNeil’s 4.5 yards per carry simply trumps Curtis Martin’s mark of 4.0.


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