Who would be on the Jets' Ahu Tongariki?

It's at about this time of most offseasons - especially one where circumstance has led to there being less news to report on than usual - where blogs, podcasts and twitter threads desperate for content will try to engage people in the following tired discussion:

Who should be on the Jets' Mount Rushmore?


Aside from being the most tired and unoriginal of ideas, it references a historical site which has always been controversial and the fact there are only four spots available places a limit on the number of realistic options you can discuss.

With the Jets in particular, you can probably just take the first four numbers they retired (Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Curtis Martin and Joe Klecko) and call it a day, perhaps with a half-hearted discussion of who might warrant being considered an honorable mention.

This brings us to Ahu Tongariki, the spectacular stone platform on Easter Island which displays 15 statues depicting the living faces of deified ancestors from the island's people.

Easter Island, which officially belongs to Chile but is located in the Polynesian Triangle, is one of the remotest places in the world. You can read more about the history of Ahu Tongariki here.

Rather than giving a historical geography lesson or getting too deep into the spiritual and philosophical significance, we're going to use this as inspiration to freshen up the Mount Rushmore format.

If you had a hypothetical Jets-themed version of this spectacular landmark, it could be a fitting way to honor a wider selection of names and foster a much deeper discussion about the key figures in Jets history.

So, which 15 individuals would best represent the Jets if we were to build our own stone platform depicting the legends of franchise history?

Let us know who you think deserves to be considered and we'll come up with our definitive list in the next few days.