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Ex-Jets on List of College Football HOF Nominees

Posted by Randy Lange on February 28, 2012 – 6:07 pm

Updated, 7:52 p.m. ET

Curtis Martin is not the only football player with Jets connections who could be entering a Hall of Fame this year.

The National Football Foundation mailed out this year’s College Football Hall of Fame ballot this week, and there are a handful of good men on the list who became members of the Green & White after they starred in college.

Vinny Testaverde, for instance, is up for the College Hall this year. The quarterback’s finest season as a Jet was his first, 1998, when he helped guide them to the AFC Championship Game in Denver. More than a decade earlier, of course, Vinny starred for the Miami Hurricanes in 1982 and ’84-85.

Also in the running this year is John “Jumbo” Elliott, who more than a decade before he caught his famous 3-yard touchdown pass from Testaverde in the 2000 “Monday Night Miracle” victory over the dolphins, excelled at tackle for the Michigan Wolverines from 1984-87.

Paul Crane, the Alabama center/linebacker from the early Sixties, played on the Jets’ Super Bowl III team plus a few others during his seasons in green from 1966-72.

Dennis Thurman is the Jets’ secondary coach but more than three decades ago he patrolled Southern Cal’s defensive backfield from 1974-77.

WR Art Monk, who played just one season of his Pro Football Hall of Fame career as a Jet in 1994, is now in consideration for entry into the College HOF after catching pass after pass for Syracuse in the late Seventies.

Those five are among the 76 players and eight coaches on this year’s Football Bowl Subdivision ballot. More than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers are eligible to cast votes. Those votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which will then select the Class of 2012.

That class will be announced in New York during a noon ET news conference on May 15. The induction will take place at the foundation’s 55th annual awards dinner on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria.

As the NFF likes to say, only 900 have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame — less than .0002 percent of the 4.86 million who have played since Rutgers and Princeton kicked off the college game in 1869. So the odds are long for Vinny, Jumbo, D.T. and Art.

But they’ve all got great chances to enter those hallowed halls, just as Marty Lyons did a year ago. The Jets’ “Sack Exchange” D-lineman and their current radio analyst — and, like Crane, a standout player at Alabama — was in inducted last Dec. 6 into the 16-member Class of ’11. Good luck, guys.

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40 Responses to “Ex-Jets on List of College Football HOF Nominees”

  1. By Karan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Griffin the III. loll, thats an awesome name. Seems like a good guy, hope he gets picked up by the Redskins. I can’t wait for March 13th to arrive, it can’t get here fast enough. If I were the Jets, I would sign Vernon Carey and make him our starting RT with Hunter as the back-up. Of course, you must re-sign Rob Turner, cut Ducasee and add a few more solid pieces and you have got yourself a really good offensive line.

  2. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Sanchez Lie seems to be crumbling. Here’s Mr T today: “It’s really important that we always try to improve the team,” he said. “With that said, I expect Mark Sanchez to be our quarterback next year. But when we have opportunities to improve our team, that’s what we’re going to do.” So we’ve downgraded from “Mark’s the starter” to “I expect Mark Sanchez to be our QB next yr.” Hopefully in a few more days either Mr T or Rex will have the guts to say what should, of course, have always been said: “We’ll start the best QB we have on the roster.” Of course, if that Peyton Manning guy is on the roster and healthy, such a statement won’t really be necessary…

  3. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton is not going to the redskins: Not going to play against his brother 2x a year.
    Not going to Miami. Flynn is going there.
    Two teams will land Peyton: Arizona or NYJ. And don’t be surprised if wayne tags along with Peyton. The more this drags out..the more you DON’T hear from GQ, the more I see NYJ pulling the trigger for Manning. This is just my take.

  4. By IRA on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Good Luck to all those mentioned above. Now lets get down to business. Go sign Edwards and fix the mistake they made last year. He had better chemistry with Sanchez than any other WR they have. Just go back to when Edwards joined the team in 09 and after 3 practices went down to Miami and was a monster in a tough loss. Oh once again it was the D that blew that game. This is a no brainer if he is healthy and takes a much needed urgency away from having to draft a WR early.
    GO JETS!!!!

  5. By GaryC on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Look at all the hall of famers who have played for the jets,favre,lott, monk,just to name a few,but who went in as members of another team,draft your own hall of famers instead of saying we had hall of famers play for us.

  6. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I read Mike Mayock said that Trent Richardson is the best running back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson. In recent years running backs have fallen they are not taken as high as they used to be. There is a chance that he falls to us at 16 & if he does we need to take him this guy is a game changer.

  7. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Karan, I see a lot of your post want Vlad D. gone. When the NYJ drafted him they knew he was going to be a project. He wasn’t going to start. He does have raw talent and he’s huge. It will take at least another 2 years to develop him into a starter. Very rarely do you see a lineman come out of college and become a all-pro the first year. With that being said the NYJ must address the O-line and front seven this year if they are going to make another run for the title. Rob Turner should be back at RT and Slauson at RG. Hunter is back-up. If the O-line is not addressed it doesn’t matter who’s the QB. And the running game won’t matter either.

  8. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yesterday on the Mike Kay show on the home of the Jets ESPN radio MR.T was on & he basically said he is going to look into getting Peyton Manning.

  9. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I also read a rumor that the Jets may try to trade up to get Baylor’s Robert Griffin III if they dont get Peyton.

  10. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    The front seven.. currently the lineup we have is so-so at best except for Harris-Revis-Cro. If we didn’t have Revis (the best corner in the NFL) and Cro (When he shows up) we would not even have a top 10 defense. Those 3 guys make life a little easier up front. Now, if the Jets get a pass rushing DE and get some speed at LB and if they can draft or get a safety that can cover TE’s. We could be a #1 defense again. And just like Schotty, I am not fond of our DC. Some of his play calling cost us some games last year but for some reason he was let off the hook. I believe that Rex should be calling the D-plays. Just sayin…

  11. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I dont agree with the posts that say the Jets are so far away the Giants won the Super Bowl at 9 & 7 we were 8 & 8. You just have to get in the dance & you can win it the best team doesnt always win it is the team that gets hot around playoff time & is the most healthy.

  12. By uncle joe on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    YES, Please resign Braylon TODAY!!!!! Should’ve never let him go in the first place! Restructure Holmes eat his half his garrentee money and ship him to Washington! PLEASE COME BACK BRAYLON,,,PLEASE

  13. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    The Jets can contend for the title with one good off season. Sparano was the head coach on Miami & a former O line coach he knows if Vernon Carey still has it if so sign him & also resign Braylon Edwards. So by signing 2 guys which we probably can get for cheap between Cumberland replacing Mulligan & Carey replacing Hunter we improved our blocking big time. Braylon is a clear upgrade over Plax & we just significatly upgraded our O. Hunter goes back to backup tackler & we will have Turner back as our backup guard & center. Your needs just went from 5 to 3 RB, OLB & Saftey IF the Jets draft well we can fill at least 2 of those 3 spots in THIS DRAFT!

  14. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    On the cover of todays Daily News the Jets want to bring Braylon back I LOVE IT! It would show that finally the Jets / MR.T are getting it MAN UP & admit you should have never let the guy go.

  15. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Just look at the teams that have done well with a balanced offense. Saints, Steelers, Packers, Giants, Texans, and 2 teams are a WR away from the superbowl Bears & Niners. But as you can see these teams have a running and passing game. I believe when the NYJ drafted GQ they wanted him to be like Flaco. Just a game manager. It almost worked for the 49ers last year but they know they need a WR and Colston is on their radar. There was a time when 65% of the league wanted to play for Ryan…I wonder what it is now?

  16. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    To the posters who downplayed how much better Braylon was over Plax you have short term memory Braylon was a MONSTER for us all over the field. A legit deep threat, his blocking & going over the middle getting blasted & making that tuff catch. You can not put a price on it. Plax while a good blocker & great in the red zone (he is 6’6 & would go against 5’10 to 6 feet guys box them out like basketball & make the catch) but between the 20’s WORTHLESS no separation speed at all.

  17. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Tom 64 & SCJoe, Read todays Daily News Menish Metha Jets beat writer said the Jets want Braylon back that they had NO depp threat last year. In 2010 Braylon led the Jets in yards & TDS. They also said Braylon was 6th IN THE ENTIRE NFL IN 2010 with 5 TDS for over 40 yards. That puts to bed 2 things 1 that the Jets did have a deep threat last year 2 that Mark can not go deep. How could Braylon be 6th in the ENTIRE NFL in plays over 40 yards if Mark cant go deep? ANSWER he can with good blocking & the RIGHT WR!

  18. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Fix the O in free agency & focus on the D in the draft. Specifically get AT LEAST a RT & WR in free agency & if the money is there get a RB as well. Then going into the draft we can get the best pass rusher & saftey out there in rounds 1 & 2 unless a STUD RB falls to us that we have to take.

  19. By wayne on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    64, you are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING! Ira, according to DN Jets are interested in bringing back your guy, Braylon, at the right price. Considering last year, for him,that sounds like a doable deal…………I expect the Jets to try and solve the OL issues thru FA, since they wouldn’t be able to afford real impact players on offense or defense going that route. They will look for their impact guy or guys via draft. Still don’t see this team using the #16 spot on OL, even if the guy is special. Special pass rush talent or offensive talent or trade down if there’s depth at position they’re looking at.

  20. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Or to put Mr T’s statement another way: “Mark Sanchez is our QB…unless somebody better comes along,” which is pretty much what about 25 or 26 teams are saying at the end of every yr. I see there’s a story about the Jets being interested in Edwards “if he’s healthy and if the price is right.” Expect to see a lot of stories like this in the next few months. This is the yr of the low-rent makeover, if things don’t get better in 2012 next yr will be the yr of the high-class makeover…unless Woody gets out of the football business entirely, in which case everything’s up for grabs…

  21. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Allan, interesting about Sanchez’s silence, it does indeed make sense that he’d keep a low profile if the team had told him, “Look, you’re not necessarily the guy.” Spicer, your optimism about MS seems to have migrated to the team as a whole. I admire your creativity but when have the Jets ever drafted 3 guys who became starters in a single yr? How long do you think it’ll be before Ducasse, Wilson, and McKnight are starters? As for Edwards, there are a lot of ifs there. What’s clearly going on with some on this site is they’re recalling his best moments for us and assuming that, 2 yrs later, after an injury, and maybe with a stagnant QB, he’s guaranteed to repeat them, but there are no guarantees. And he wasn’t so great in the LR either…

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Spice, I read the News piece on Edwards and posted about it immediately. But having played QB, and loved QB play for almost 50 yrs, I watch QBs very carefully. Like every Jet WR, BE caught quite a few badly-thrown Sanchez passes. And let’s put an end to over-hyping of MS’s long-throwing ability, a lot of his passes to BE, like to Holmes, were short passes that those guys made happen after the catch. MS has never thrown a ball more than about 40 yds in the air accurately and that’s part of what worries me about him. Anyway, like I said in the post above, trying BE again is a low-rent move, nothing like what ATL did to get Jones last yr. I don’t see the Jets sinking that much more money into the Sanchez Era. Now, the Peyton or Griffin era…

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    “Amazing” good or bad, wayne?

  24. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Getting Edwards back makes all the sense in the world. People didn’t give him enough credit for his blocking skills. And he’s a deep threat. Holmes-Edwards-Kerley? All three bring a different skill set. And I don’t think Edwards will cost much either. If Richardson falls at #16 we have to take him. Spicer, I am with on the fixing O-line and D-line. Game is won in the trenches. My question is do we have a 2nd round pick this year?

  25. By GaryC on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    allan o’dane, larry allen sonoma state,willie roaf lousiana tech, jackie slater,jackson state,just three all timers who were great off the bat who came from small schools,ducasse will have to go some to equal these guys,but no excuse coming from a small school after playing two years,that is why ellis this year needs to show something to,you can only use the small school analogy just for so long.

  26. By Bennett on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    The drafted Sanchez based on one really good colleage season and a really good workout The did not draft what the thought was a game manager but an all around top 5 QB. The expected what the saw at USC was going to translate into the NFL.It did not. This was poor judgement and after all the.options available to them after the Farve “gimmick” seems now to be very poor judgement. As said even the most loyal supporters had their eyes opened during the last three games and especially the last one. The Ravens game was one of the most painfull I have ever watched along with the 45-3 Pats disgrace and the Mariino fake spike game

  27. By Bennett on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Bart Scott shooting off again…another happy Jet camper the signed to a nice SIX YEAR 48 MIILLON CONTRACT

  28. By IRA on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Love the BE support keep bringing it this is a no brainer IF healthy.

  29. By uncle joe on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    That 3-4 OLB Bruce Irvin, looks good to me in the later rounds. A little light but I’m sure Ryan can fit him somewhere.

  30. By scjoe on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, first about that trade up rumor to get RGIII. Please say it aint so! It would cost them most of this years draft and part of next years. That to me is the worse case scenario. Imagine them doing that and ending up right back where they are now three years down the road. As for MS and his ability to throw deep? I think you know where I stand on that, and the fact that BE was considered a deep threat when he was here is due more to his YAC ability then actually getting deep.I would take BE back in a heart beat, the article says “if” BE is open to reuniting with Rex. Well, money talks.

  31. By scjoe on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine this scenario, and don’t right it off to day dreaming just yet. The Jets sign Peyton with an incentive laced deal, get what they can for MS, sign BE (at the right price) sign V. Carey (RT) select Lamar Miller with there #16. Then go OLB, safety O line, safety, OLB, and QB. That would leave Peyton, McKelroy, and a rook to groom. If you don’t think that in itself would put the Jets right back in the mix you haven’t been watching. Anything else they can fit under the cap in free agency would be gravy..Imagine Peyton throwing to SH, BE, Keller and Kerley AND a 4.4 RB with power to boot?

  32. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Well, scjoe, we’re certainly in sync on Sanchez throwing long, YAC, and Braylon…

  33. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, agree 100%. Ellis needs to step it up this year. This is supposed to be the line for future years to come with him and Wilkerson. I am not even sure if Vlad will ever be great. Just felt it was a little too early for people to right him off. And there’s no-way we get RG3. Rams are going after Blackmon to make a great combo w/Bradford. If any team is going to get RG3 it will be the redskins. Unless Browns don’t think McCoy is the answer.

  34. By Allan O'Dane on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Bennett, This is exactly what they wanted from Sanchez. Rex believes in the Raven way. Run the ball. Control the clock. Don’t turn the ball over. Let my defense win the game. He wanted sanchez to do the samething Dilfer did. I was not sold on Sanchez after only playing one year of college ball. Now if he played at that level for 4yrs in college that’s another story. This formula is the reason the NYJ went to 2 AFC championship games. Sure the kid made a couple of plays to get us there. BUT if it weren’t for that O-line and running game (which we were #1 in the NFL) Sanchez would have gotten dismantled.

  35. By Tom Spicer on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    SCJoe, I like your thinking on that post but 1 thing. Get Peyton, sign BE (at the right price) sign V. Carey (RT). If the Jets do this they wont need a RB the linebackers & the secondary will be way off of the line of scrimmage fearing what Peyton is about to do to them. Greene will have holes to run thru like he has never seen in his life. If he does not DOMINATE with Peyton at the helm he never will & you let him go at the end of the year. In the draft 1st round take the best pass rusher out there (Ingram) or Barron.

  36. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    I think you should apply for Mr T’s job, scjoe, assuming Peyton is healthy. You seem to have all the can-do spirit that he and Rex lack, awash in their “Mark’s our QB and we believe in him” blather…though that seems to be waning…

  37. By westcoastJET28 on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, there is change on this site. Hey ’64 Tom, is it just me or does it seem like everybody is starting to think like we have since the season ended? It’s about time some of these homers on here came around to reality and started using logic & reason. “Restructure Sanchez, Restructure Sanchez!!”

  38. By scjoe on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, I thought about that very same thing (take Poe or best OLB available instead of Miller) and proceed with Greene and McKnight, BUT, you have to remember we are still competing against NE, and who knows how much they improve themselves on offense. Besides that, can you just imagine how much fun it would be watching this offense? 64, you are exactly right both Rex and Mr. T need to be a little more proactive, but you know what? I think that if Peyton becomes available they will go full speed ahead with him and sign him or not, that tells you all you need to know.

  39. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Mar 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think you’re right, westcoast, maybe all those players out there remind some fans of how we have a pretty mediocre one at QB. And I hope you’re right, scjoe, though that story today about the Jets being interested in Henne, while it might please you, doesn’t thrill me…

  40. By ROY23 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply


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