Countdown to Camp: 52

As we look ahead to training camp in late July, we're going to take a daily retrospective look back at some random people, moments and games from Jets history...

The Current 52

52 has currently been taken out of circulation, presumably with a view to retiring it in honor of longtime Jet David Harris.

The Greatest

It may be controversial to say but - as with 80 and 60 - you can make a strong argument that the player who the number is likely to be retired for perhaps wasn't the best Jet ever to wear the jersey. Over the course of a decade, former center John Schmitt was essential to protecting Joe Namath and was a key starter in the Super Bowl championship year. He was an all-pro in 1968 and a second team all-pro in 1969.

Here's Schmitt in action:


The other 52's

Pepper Johnson, Cal Dixon, Mike Hudock...

52 years ago

The 1966 Jets got off to a great start at 4-0-1 but they ended up just 6-6-2. We detailed that earlier in our countdown, here.

52-yard breakdowns

Here's a couple of 52-yarders, starting with Jalen Richard from last year:


And here's Kenny Stills from the year before last:


52 on the scoreboard

In 1966, the Jets suffered a 52-14 loss to Houston. More recently, they lost 52-21 to the Bengals in 1986.

52 touchdowns

Emerson Boozer's 52 rushing touchdowns have him in second place all time for the franchise mark, six behind Curtis Martin.

Let us know if there's any connections to 52 that we missed...