We are just days removed from the shocking retirement of longtime Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and it still does not seem real. While the wound may not be as painful due to the recent addition of former Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady, it is still impossible to deny how valuable D’Brickashaw Ferguson was to the Jets organization. Brick (as Jets fans like to call him) was drafted by the Jets with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He was Gang Green’s blindside protector for ten full seasons in which he made three Pro-Bowl appearances.
Here is my case for why D’Brickashaw Ferguson must be put into the Jets’ Ring of Honor.
Durability: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is without a doubt one of the most durable players in the history of the NFL. Brick started all 160 games of his NFL career. Within those 160 games Ferguson managed to miss out on one entire play and it was a trick play in a late-game, desperation situation. Ferguson didn’t even appear on the Jets injury report once in his career. It was a given that Brick would show up ready to work his tail off for every game and practice for a total of ten seasons. An absolutely rarity considering the violent nature of football.
Consistency: Over the course of his NFL career, D’Brickashaw Ferguson was a model of consistency. From the moment he first he stepped on the field to the moment he left it, he was a reliable blindside protector. His prime consisted of three Pro-Bowls, and a multitude of high level seasons that weren’t acknowledged. Even as Ferguson started to decline, he was still an above average left tackle as he continued to keep his quarterbacks out of danger. D’Brickashaw Ferguson put together a very complete career, and that should earn him a spot in the Jets ring of honor.
Leadership: Arguably the most valuable asset that D’Brickashaw Ferguson brought to the Jets was his leadership. As Brick settled into his veteran years he became one of the major leaders in the locker room. He was a role model for the younger players, and a voice in times of need. It was easy to see the respect Brick got as he earned the privilege of breaking the team down, and leading them in the famous “home of the Jets” chant. Ferguson was a player who led by example, and that is definitely a contributing factor to his case for the Ring of Honor. The Jets may miss Ferguson’s leadership more than anything else.