The New York Jets will open their Ring of Honor for the first time since 2017
Get ready to feel old…yet euphoric…millennial New York Jets fans.
Team owner Woody Johnson announced on Thursday that D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, and Darrelle Revis will become the latest members of the team’s Ring of Honor game day display this season. The trio will be the first new entries to the Ring since 2017 (Kevin Mawae) and they’re also the first inductees to play the entirety of their careers in the new century.
— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) June 2, 2022
Ferguson, Mangold, and Revis are responsible for the Jets’ most recent glory days, serving as the faces of the team’s consecutive runs to the AFC title game in 2009-10.
Of note, Revis becomes the first member of the Jets’ secondary to become a Ring member and the first defender inducted since Mark Gastineau in 2012. After arriving as a 2007 first-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2007, Revis’ area of coverage patrol became known as “Revis Island”, as star receivers would be invisible on the statsheet when matched up against him. Revis remains the franchise’s all-time leader in pass breakups (112, including an NFL record 31 in 2009) and is third in interceptions behind Bill Baird and Dainard Paulson.
Revis’ original Jets tenure lasted six seasons (2007-12) before he was traded to Tampa Bay in 2013. After a championship run with the New England Patriots the following season, Revis returned to the Jets for two more seasons (2015-16) before playing his last NFL games with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The blocking duo of Ferguson and Mangold became a staple on the Jets’ offensive line after each arrived in the first round of the 2006 draft. Each spent their matching career spans (2006-16) with the Jets and united to reach 10 Pro Bowls.
Ferguson, a tackle originally booed by Jets fans who wanted the team to select quarterback Matt Leinart at No. 4 overall instead, played 10 seasons in East Rutherford and did not miss a single game in that span. In fact, Ferguson’s durability was prevalent to the point that he missed only a single snap at tackle between his 2006 debut and his 2016 retirement. His metropolitan football journey began on Long Island, as Ferguson made his first gridiron impact at Freeport High School.
Mangold became one of the most fearsome centers in the NFL over that same span, succeeding Mawae after the Jets became the first team since 1975 to select two offensive linemen in a single opening round. The pick used to draft Mangold had been obtained from Atlanta in exchange for John Abraham. Further anchored by a larger-than-life personality, Mangold became one of the team’s most beloved faces and has remained active in the affairs of the Jets and New York sports as a whole.
The date of Ferguson, Mangold, and Revis’ induction will be announced at a later time.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags