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New York Jets: Will There Ever Be Another Wayne Chrebet?

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

In this era, it is common for athletes to be more concerned about statistics than team success. The receiver position especially presents players who constantly seek attention. Sure, they are dynamic. But forsaking others is a quality that stains football.

Once upon a time there was one receiver who gave everything for the benefit of teammates. Wayne Chrebet went undrafted in 1995 out of Hofstra. The New York Jets quickly signed their hometown standout where he made quite an impact. Standing only at 5-foot-10, Chrebet refused to cower while excelling in the slot. During a career that spanned 11 seasons, this individual achieved many accolades. Gang Green retired his number 60 and 580 receptions ranked second of all time. As a slot receiver, he offered reliable hands. Effort was never an issue as Chrebet always dove, leaped or did anything necessary.

Of course his career ended against the San Diego Chargers after converting on a third down. This play resulted in a concussion after a hard hit. Fans were saddened while this hard-working man walked away after suffering another concussion. Gang Green tried to replace him with guys like Jericho Cotchery. While production did not suffer greatly, the willingness to go over the middle was not the same. Jeremy Kerley has tremendous potential to excel in the slot. He also shows an ability to make tough plays. Chrebet simply had a connection with team supporters. There may be someone like Kerley who could replicate on-field abilities but that New Jersey-born, blue collar work ethic is something rare to find.


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