The New York Jets announced their captains, and there were no surprises with the selections
With their season opener just one week away, the New York Jets announced their three team captains today, with one player representing each phase of the game.
To the surprise of nobody, Aaron Rodgers, C.J. Mosley, and Justin Hardee were selected by their teammates to be the team’s three players to wear the ‘C’ patch. There will also be a coaches’ selection for each game this season.
Leading the way.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 4, 2023
Aaron Rodgers, CJ Mosley and Justin Hardee are the Jets three captains. Coaches will also select a game captain each week as well.
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) September 4, 2023
Rodgers was a lock to be the offensive captain. He has shown high-level leadership since becoming a member of the Jets and hopes to lead the Jets on a deep run in the upcoming season.
Mosley has not only been a stabilizing force for the Jets at linebacker, but he has also been the emotional leader of the defense from the day he joined the team in 2019. This is Mosley’s fourth season as a team captain in New York.
“It means a lot, especially coming from my teammates,” Mosley said after being named captain. “I don’t take the ‘C’ on my chest lightly. Every year that I come here, I make sure I work to earn that stripe. I make sure I put in the right work ethic and lead by example the right way. Make sure I am doing the right thing by everyone.”
In 2022, Mosley was voted as the Jets’ Dennis Byrd Award winner (most inspirational player).
Hardee will be the Jets’ special teams captain for the third consecutive season. A consistent playmaker in various aspects of special teams, Hardee is also known as a tremendous leader in the locker room.
“[Hardee] is a leader,” special teams coordinator Brant Boyer recently said of Hardee. “He’s a professional, and if you would ask any coach in our division, any coach that we’ve played, they all say the same thing about the guy. He’s one hell of a player and he’s tough to stop and he always keeps going.”