Nobody wants to ever lead their team in fumbles. Whether it’s an all time record or a single season mark, it’s just not the kind of team record you want to see your name against. It’s not always all negative though, to be some team’s leader in fumbles you do have to have a lengthy career, which means you are pretty darn good.
Let’s look at the career leader in fumbles for the New York Jets.
The first true national star that the Jets had was Joe Namath. He’d led the team in passing for several years, put the Jets on the map, and of course famously correctly predicted a Super Bowl victory too. By the time he left the team following the 1976 season, he was also the career leader in fumbles for the Jets with a total of 31 fumbles in his 12 years of play.
Joe Namath didn’t hold the record for long though. Richard Todd succeeded him as the quarterback of the Jets and by the time he had left the team following the 1983 season, his 41 career fumbles in a Jets uniform were the most in team history.
It seemed appropriate then that the man who inherited the Jets quarterback job from Richard Todd should also overtake him in career fumbles. That’s just what happened too as after he left the team in 1992, Ken O’Brien was the career leader in fumbles for the Jets with a huge total of 68.