The New York Jets’ 53-man roster in 2021 features a slew of unheralded stars. While most people focus on Robert Saleh’s defense or Mike LaFleur’s offense, the other third of the game is underappreciated.
This week, a key member of the Gang Green special teams unit received some national media attention.
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Gang Green Member Receives Prestigious Honor
As the MLB postseason races heat up as we near the end of the regular season, a number of us had the privilege of witnessing something truly historic this year. The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has been a one-of-a-kind weapon of mass destruction. He has shown that he can not only hit (he led the majors in home runs for much of the season), but he can also pitch. That kind of two-way dominance hasn’t been seen in baseball since Babe Ruth’s heyday in the 1900s. So it got some football players thinking..
This week, the ESPN NFL Nation Reporters selected a player from each of the 32 teams who has the skills, background, or attitude to be a potential dual threat in the big leagues. Justin Hardee was selected for the Jets in the
An Incredible Story with a Hollywood Script
He signed a three-year, $6 million contract. During free agency, he signed a 75 million dollar deal to be a special teams ace.
Despite the fact that he has a lot more versatility than most people realize.
In addition to his special teams prowess, he is also listed as a cornerback. He has appeared in 59 games over the course of his career and has one interception.
Here’s something else you probably didn’t know about him: he “broke into the NFL as a wide receiver.” ”
Hardee was featured on the latest episode of 1 Jets Drive, a docuseries produced by the team sporadically throughout the offseason and regular season in a Hard Knocks-like fashion.
In the video above, he discusses the reality check moment when his NFL career came to a halt.
During his four years at Illinois, he caught 72 passes for a total of 841 yards. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent as a receiver, but he quickly realized that if he wanted to stay in the NFL, he needed to switch positions. When Hardee realized this, he became an ace for the Saints, earning a reputation as a “tenacious practice player” who “quickly carved a niche on special teams.” ”
When this signing took place in March, it was completely unnoticed. Hardee is used to being overlooked, but Jets fans understand how critical he is to the team’s success. Follow @BoyGreen25 @obermuller_nyj @BoyGreen25 @BoyGreen25 @BoyGreen25 $
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