Kevin Mawae
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New York Jets legend Kevin Mawae still can’t believe he’s getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, the New York Jets will have a legendary offensive lineman getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Center Kevin Mawae played eight seasons for the Jets from 1998-05. He previously played for the Seahawks from 1994-97 and for the Titans from 2006-09.

Speaking to NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya during Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game, Mawae made it known that it still hasn’t hit him yet.

“It’s been absolutely surreal. I’m still pinching myself,” Mawae said. “I think Monday was the first time it really dawned on me that I’m getting into the Hall of Fame.”

“Sitting in the hotel lobby today I’m just awe-struck by all the guys that were walking by,” Mawae added. “I’m like: ‘That’s Jack Youngblood! That’s Floyd Little!’ I can’t believe it and I get to be one of them.”

Mawae also spoke on the fact that now young players who have high hopes and goals in the NFL can look up to Mawae and what he’s been able to do.

“Somebody told me today that you’re going to be one of those guys that some of those young guys will be talking about in the future,” Mawae said. “So it’s a thrill. It really is.”

Mawae was selected to eight Pro Bowls during his NFL career. Six of those were when he was a member of the Jets. He was also selected to the AP All-Pro First team seven times (five while with the Jets) and to the AP All-Pro Second team once in 1998.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.