NFL Honors 2023: Two Hall of Famers and a Jet Sweep
Yesterday was a significant day for the Jets organization as two franchise legends were confirmed as Hall of Famers and they became the third team in NFL history to have players winning both rookie of the year awards in the same year.
It's no surprise that Darrelle Revis will be a first ballot inductee, as many regard him to have been the best cornerback the league has ever seen when he was at his peak. However, Joe Klecko retired 35 years ago and will be 70 in October, so he at last earns this honor after years of campaigning.
With two Hall of Famers going in together for the first time in franchise history this year, the Jets are now expected to play in the Hall of Fame game in preseason, per Adam Schefter.
Sauce Gardner won the defensive rookie of the year award in a landslide over Seattle cornerback Tariq Woolen, as he garnered 46 of 47 first place votes. This was despite Aidan Hutchinson surprisingly being named as the Pepsi Rookie of the Year earlier in the day.
Garrett Wilson took home the offensive award with 156 total votes to Ken Walker's 129. It's fair to suggest that Breece Hall probably would have won this award in a similar landslide to Gardner if he had stayed healthy.
Gardner and Williams were also in the top eight for Defensive Player of the Year voting, with Williams even receiving one first-placed vote.
Attention will now turn to the offseason with the scouting combine just over two weeks away and the potential for movement in the quarterback market imminent.