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    Ring of Honor: Klecko Never Backed Down

    Ring of Honor: Klecko Never Backed Down
    By Nick Gallo

    Posted 15 hours ago

    a a Many New York Jets are worthy of recognition for the effort and dedication they showed to the franchise throughout their careers. Six men are being inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor and Joe Klecko, who sacrificed so much physically, is fully aware of the distinction of being placed among the very top players to ever wear a Jets uniform.

    “It’s really an honor,” Klecko said. “Take a look at all the people that have come through the Jets organization. So to me it’s a very extreme privilege even to be picked for it. I’m ecstatic about being involved with it.”

    Klecko played for the Jets from 1977-87, becoming one of the members of the vaunted “New York Sack Exchange” that featured him along with Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. Klecko was a major factor in a run of four playoff berths in that span but he knows he didn’t do it all alone.

    “To me it’s a team sport,” Klecko said, “and there’s not a damn thing you can do on that field by yourself. There’s 10 other guys around you. I always felt with me being on the field we always had a real shot. Whether I was right or wrong, I don’t know, but the one thing about it is that I was never going to let my teammates down.”

    If there’s one thing the Chester, Pa., native was known for, it was never backing down from an opponent or an injury and always being there for his team. After a career at Temple University, Klecko was selected in the sixth round of the 1977 NFL draft. Four seasons later, Klecko accumulated 20.5 sacks, which unofficially led the NFL (sacks didn't become an official statistic until the next season), all while battling a dangerous injury.

    “In 1981, I was the Defensive Player of the Year and that year I hardly practiced at all," Klecko said. "For 11 weeks I never practiced at all during the week because I had an injured foot. I would come out of the cast for the weekend and just play the games. It was probably my best year ever as a pro. It’s pretty memorable when you can do that.”

    The Sack Exchange combined for 66 sacks in that magical season, even while Klecko summoned the amazing will power to play on an injured leg for a vast majority of the season, having to shake the rust off every Sunday.

    It was all part of the job for Klecko, who seemed to have the ability to absorb punishment that others couldn’t.

    “I don’t know whether it was the physical will,” Klecko joked, “or the intelligence that I lacked.”

    Despite the beating his body took, he played in the Pro Bowl four times and in 1985 became the first player to be selected to the NFL's all-star game at three different positions (end, defensive tackle, nose tackle). In his career he totaled 77.5 sacks, second-most in team history behind his teammate Gastineau.

    For the current Colts Neck, N.J., resident, the Jets always were his priority and he put himself second. In 2004 they made sure to repay the favor by retiring his number 73 jersey. And on Monday night they will induct him into the Ring of Honor for his body of work and Jets attitude.

    “The team always came first,” Klecko said. “No matter what it took, I had to be in there and probably to my detriment at times because there were times that I played with some pretty bad injuries and I probably shouldn’t have.”

    The physical toll of football hasn’t slowed him down. Klecko is now a representative for construction businesses, including American Stair, JDC Power Systems, JG Roselle Lighting and Trinity Solar — all companies in the tristate area.

    In addition, the Klecko legacy continues on, as his son Dan is a current member of the Atlanta Falcons after playing for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. Dan recently had a son, Nathan, and has earned three Super Bowl rings, all feats that make his father proud.

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    Congratulations to our greatest Defensive player of all time, and thanks for the good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    Congratulations to our greatest Defensive player of all time.
    I agree but Mevi$ might get mad! After all he THINKS that he is the greatest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Jet View Post
    I agree but Mevi$ might get mad! After all he THINKS that he is the greatest!
    Phuck Revis, CB's and WR's are fembots in tights. Everyone knows that DL's an LB's are the killers. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    Phuck Revis, CB's and WR's are fembots in tights. Everyone knows that DL's an LB's are the killers. lol.
    absolutely agree!

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    Klecko73isGod!!!!!










    Srsly
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    The fact that Klecko is not in the HOF is a joke.

    He was twice the player Howie Long and John Randle were...at 3 different positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guck the Fiants View Post
    The fact that Klecko is not in the HOF is a joke.

    He was twice the player Howie Long and John Randle were...at 3 different positions.
    and I agree with GUCK the Fiants too! I have an utter disdain for that team and its fans ever since the old AFL days and their BS putdown of the Jets and AFL by calling it THE MICKEY MOUSE LEAGUE! An upstart from that Mickey mouse League in SB 3 beat the old guards TEAM of the CENTURY to its utter dismay! So GUCK the FIANTS!

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    I hope all of our fans are on their feet come Monday night when this man's name is called. He embodies the motto of " Play like a Jet" the only player in the NFL's history to make the Pro.Bowl at 2 different positions. I hope our younger Jet Insiders get a chance to see some video of this special player who hopefully makes it in to football's HOF.

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    awright! thats it! am hopping on deh Klecko banwaggon now! took me bout 4 yrs. so lemme in will ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guck the Fiants View Post
    The fact that Klecko is not in the HOF is a joke.

    He was twice the player Howie Long and John Randle were...at 3 different positions.
    I agree and I think it is time the Jets front office start using the various levels of influence they have within the NFL, the media, their major sponsors, and perhaps even the fan base to begin a campaign to start shedding some light on this man. The HOF is where he belongs without question.

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    Last edited by Apache 51; 08-14-2010 at 10:52 AM.

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    if he was so good, why isn't he in the Hall of Fame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guck the Giants View Post
    The fact that Klecko is not in the HOF is a joke.

    He was twice the player Howie Long and John Randle were...at 3 different positions.
    Randle was a 7 time Pro bowler 6 time all pro and Long was 8 time Pro Bowler 2 time All Pro.. Klecko was great and a personal favorite and should be in the HOF but your letting your homerism cloud your judgement when you knock other players who were also great..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2® View Post
    if he was so good, why isn't he in the Hall of Fame?
    STFU troll!

    Check your P.M.s.

    Three positions!



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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    STFU
    Enjoy your vacation.

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    Seriously, how is Klecko not in the HOF?

    Absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    Seriously, how is Klecko not in the HOF?

    Absurd.
    Full disclosure i recently purchased a klecko 73 jersey in white he's a tremendous favorite of mine...

    and I don't want to spoil a pro-Joe moment.

    but 2 points Klecko's 1) lack of a ring and 2) tax "situation" is enough to keep him out of the hof. Google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitonti View Post
    Full disclosure i recently purchased a klecko 73 jersey in white he's a tremendous favorite of mine...

    and I don't want to spoil a pro-Joe moment.

    but 2 points Klecko's 1) lack of a ring and 2) tax "situation" is enough to keep him out of the hof. Google it.
    Klecko roles in Cannonball Run, Heat, and Smokey and the Bandit II don't exactly help either.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PX6TWxlu5E

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    Seriously, how is Klecko not in the HOF?

    Absurd.
    He's in my HOF

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