Countdown to Camp: 90

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 90

There is no current #90 because the number was retired in honor of...

The Greatest

The Dennis Byrd story is equal parts tragic and inspiring. After winning his battle to walk again following a career-ending neck injury in 1992, Byrd sadly died in a car accident two years ago. On the field he was a great player, whose best season saw him rack up 13 sacks in 1990.


Byrd didn't have a lot of competition for the best #90 in team history, though...

The other 90's

Robin Cole, Jay Brophy, Chris Godfrey...

The '90 season

Byrd was probably the Jets' MVP in 1990, although Al Toon led the team in receiving and Erik McMillan intercepted five passes. They did not have any pro bowlers.

After a great 17-12 win on the road in Houston with defensive lineman Darrell Davis scoring the winning touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone, the Jets beat the Cowboys 24-9 thanks to an NFL-record 98-yard punt return by Terrence Mathis to move to 4-5 on the season. However, they then lost their next five and ended up 6-10.

90 of the best

Johnny Johnson once set a Jets record with a 90-yard run that pretty much summed up the Rich Kotite era. After he got run down inside the five, the Jets ended up going four-and-out and didn't even get any points out of it.

We can't find that play online, but we did find this one on which the Jets made (approximately) 90 lateral passes:

Let us know if there's any connections to 90 that we missed...