Larz Posted September 20, 2014 Share Posted September 20, 2014 http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/43428/jets-ring-of-honor-inductees-are?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter During Monday night's game, the New York Jets will announce their Ring of Honor Class of 2014. Currently, the elite fraternity consists of 13 individuals, including four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Weeb Ewbank and Curtis Martin. The other members are Winston Hill, Gerry Philbin, Larry Grantham, Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, Freeman McNeil, Wesley Walker, Al Toon and Marty Lyons. The Jets use a selection committee and online fan voting to determine the inductees. So who's next? The Jets have kept it hush-hush, so we'll have to rely on informed speculation. In my view, here are the leading candidates: The most decorated possibility is tackle Marvin Powell, who made five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams from 1977 to 1984. For some reason, Powell's name rarely comes up when discussing the franchise's top players. He deserves to be in the Ring of Honor. So does center Kevin Mawae, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro from 1998 to 2005. Technically, he's eligible because he has been retired for five years -- thus, he's on the Hall-of-Fame ballot for the first time -- but the feeling here is the selection committee will make him wait at least another year. Guard Randy Rasmussen has no Pro Bowls on his resume, but the man was a member of the Super Bowl III team and he played 15 years in the league -- all with the Jets. Nothing enhances a player's credentials more than a championship. Younger Jets fans will remember Mo Lewis, a versatile linebacker who played from 1991 to 2003. He made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team, but he's best known as the man who started the Tom Brady era in New England -- by taking out Drew Bledsoe with a vicious hit. The sentimental choice is wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, who rose from an undrafted free agent to one of the most popular players in team history. And he was a damn good receiver. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to concussions. My predictions for this year's class: Chrebet, Powell and -- a sleeper pick -- the late Leon Hess, the principal owner from 1981 until his death in 1999. Hess presided over a lot of bad teams, but there was some good, too. He made the decision that turned around the frannchise, hiring Bill Parcells in 1997. so who do you think will make it ??? personally I think these things get watered down the more you add to them, and I wouldn't add anyone Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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