1999 Snap Goes Vinny’s Achilles Jets

With a doubt, this is the one that hurts most.

Never has a New York Jets team received so much critical acclaim prior to a season beginning. This Bill Parcells team was loaded not only up and down the depth chart but up and down the sideline with the likes of Bill Belichick, Charlie Weis and many more.

But before it could even get going, Vinny Testaverde, the man coming off arguably the best season a quarterback has ever enjoyed wearing the green ane white, snapped his achilles tendon early in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

The 12-4 powerhouse who was leading the Denver Broncos 10-0 in the second half of the AFC Championship Game the January prior was now shellshocked and without a quarterback.


The Ray Lucas led Jets started off terribly, but finished 8-8 in the Big Tuna’s final Jets season.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com