What anniversary should Jets fans be getting ready to celebrate next month? Why, none other than the 10th anniversary of the Monday Night Miracle.
And the Jets will be helping to set the table for the fans and players who were there in person or in spirit for the team’s still-incredible-after-all-these-years 40-37 overtime triumph over the Miami Dolphins at the old Meadowlands stadium on Oct. 23, 2000.
It just so happens that the Jets will be playing the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in 2½ weeks — Oct. 11 — at New Meadowlands Stadium. We’re bringing in as many of the principles involved in that game — QB Vinny Testaverde, “tight end” Jumbo Elliott, WR Wayne Chrebet, RB Curtis Martin, K John Hall, CB Marcus Coleman and more — to be honored at halftime of the Jets-Vikes game and to bask once more in the remembered glory of that miraculous comeback.
Matt Higgins, the Jets’ executive vice president of business operations, broke the story with a tweet from http://twitter.com/mhigginsjets a short while ago.
The AFC East rivals entered that game with identical 5-1 records and the opportunity to take control of the division. And for the longest time that night, it looked as if the Jets would not be the team in control. The Green & White had fallen behind, 30-7, before they got the ball back on their own 25 for the final play of the third quarter.
That began an avalanche — of yards, first downs, completions and points — as Testaverde spread the field, found virtually every one of his wideouts, tight ends and backs, and led the Jets to a 37-37 tie on the 3-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds left in regulation to Elliott, the venerable tackle lined up seemingly as a blocking tight end on the play. In overtime, shortly after Coleman’s third interception of the game, Hall calmly completed the miracle with his 40-yard field goal at 1:20 a.m. ET.
I’ll have more details on the celebration for you right here as I get them from our events staff, including the complete list of former Jets players who’ve accepted invitations to return to the new place and celebrate their unlikely night and fantastic finish about two football fields away at the old stadium 10 years earlier.
Update, 1:25 p.m.: Here is the current list of MNM invitees who have accepted invitations to appear at halftime of the Jets-Vikings game on Oct. 11:
TE Fred Baxter
DE Shane Burton
WR Wayne Chrebet
CB Marcus Coleman
T Jumbo Elliott
T Jason Fabini
S Victor Green
K John Hall
G Kerry Jenkins
LB Marvin Jones
QB Ray Lucas
RB Curtis Martin
CB Ray Mickens
QB Vinny Testaverde (who will address the crowd)
G Randy Thomas
WR Dedric Ward
Invitations are still out to a number of other players. We’ll let you know who else is coming as we get the acceptances in.
Tags: John Hall, Jumbo Elliott, Marcus Coleman, Matt Higgins, Miami Dolphins, Monday Night Miracle, Vinny Testaverde, Wayne Chrebet
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