For many years during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Ken O’Brien was a very popular player for the New York Jets. He even ended his career at or near the top of many passing categories in team history. If he had been surrounded by more talent, it is possible that the Jets could’ve been a lot more productive.
Here is a look at five things you may not know about the Jets’ Ken O’Brien.
-Ken O’Brien threw more touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins (25) than he did against any other team.
-No player caught more touchdown passes from Ken O’Brien than Jets wide receiver Al Toon. Toon hauled in 29 TD receptions that were thrown to him over the years by O’Brien.
-Ken O’Brien was way more successful in the second quarter of football games he played in than at any other time of the game. During his career he threw one overtime touchdown pass, just 17 touchdown passes in the first quarter, 25 in the third quarter, 32 in the fourth quarter, but a grand total of 53 in the second quarter.
-The first touchdown pass that O’Brien threw in the National Football League was thrown in a 30-20 loss to the New England Patriots in 1984. It came in the first quarter, went for seven yards, and was caught by Rocky Klever.
-During the same time that Ken O’Brien was starring for the New York Jets, Mark Bavaro was a star tight end for the rival New York Giants. They did hook up for one touchdown play though. This occurred in 1993 when both players were playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. It came in the fourth quarter of the sixth game of the season during a 21-10 loss to the Giants, and went for 13 yards.