New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet joins New York Jets Ring of Honor.
Wayne cherbet will be inducted at half time December first as the Jets play Miami. A fitting game for the presentation.
Wayne was an undrafted free agent, out of Long Island’s Hofstra University, which also served as the New York Jets training facility.
A 5 -10″ wide receiver, the odds were stacked against him. A walk-on try out player he represented “Everyman” to Jets Fans and serves as an inspiration to anyone who knows his story.
In by-gone days the Jets would hold open tryout day on Long Island and announce the date via the local media. I remember Wayne inspiring more than a few to attend such tryouts.
But he made it. Keyshawn Johnson eat your heart out – Wayne Cherbet “got the damn ball”.¹
Wayne cherbet’s number 80 will not be worn by any other New York Jet and he now joins the famed Ring of Honor.
2002: Chrebet’s college jersey was retired in a ceremony at Hofstra University, New York.
Starting in 1995 and playing through 2005 Wayne Cherbet gave New York Fans everything he had including suffering multiple concussions, the effects of which linger on.
On April 26, 2013 Chrebet was at Radio City Music Hall and formally announced the New York Jets 2nd round draft selection of quarterback Geno Smith during the 2013 NFL Draft.
Wayne is routinely invited to attend Jets games as a guest of honor by owner Woody Johnson and routinely serves as an ambassador on behalf of the New York Jets and National Football League.
Wayne is 2nd in New York Jets franchise history with 580 receptions.
5th in New York Jets franchise history with 7,365 yards from scrimmage.
Third-most receptions in the history of the National Football League among players who were not drafted.
See all Wayne’s awards and accolades (click link)
Wayne has said he wouldn’t change anything despite the concussions.
¹ for those who may not remember the great Keyshawn Johnson rivalry and his book “Give me the damn ball”. Key was later traded to Tampa and did get a super bowl ring but Wayne Cherbet clearly came out on top in New York.
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