The New York Jets started play in professional football in 1960 as the New York Titans. Over the years, they have had some great teams, good teams, average teams, and even bad teams. They have also had some great players, including at the position of running back.
One of the most used measuring sticks for judging a running back’s effectiveness is the 100 yard game. Who in New York Jets history has the most 100 yard rushing games?
Through the 2010 season, 30 different running backs have had 100 yard games for the Jets. Those that have done it once include names like LaDainian Tomlinson, Bruce Harper, and Brad Baxter. Those that have done it twice include players like Ed Marinaro, Leon Washington, Shonn Greene, and Blair Thomas. Bill Mathis and Kevin Long each did it three times. Johnny Johnson did it four times, and Johnny Hector and Clark Gaines each rushed for 100 yard games six different times. Just missing double digits in this category for the team are Emerson Boozer and Adrian Murrell who each accomplished this feat nine times.
There are five running backs in Jets history that have ran for 100 rushing yards or more in a game ten times or more for the team.
The top five New York Jets 100 yard rushers of all time:
#5 – John Riggins
John Riggins would enter the Hall of Fame based mainly on his play with the Washington Redskins, but from 1972 to 1975 he broke the 100 yard barrier 10 times for the New York Jets.
#4 – Matt Snell
One of the all time greats, and a fan favorite during the days of the American Football League, Matt Snell played a significant role in the team’s success in the late 1960s, including the magical 1969 season and Super Bowl III. He would break the 100 yard barrier 11 times while with the Jets.
#3 – Thomas Jones
Quite possibly one of the most underrated running backs of the 2000s, Thomas Jones would prove to be successful on an individual level for a number of different teams. Between 2007 and 2009 though, he had 16 100 yard games for the Jets.
#2 – Freeman McNeil
Freeman McNeil was a longtime Jets running back during the 1980s, a time when the Jets were not the most successful team in the league. He always played hard and was a favorite of fans and his teammates though. Between 1982 and 1988, he had 26 100 yard rushing performances for New York.
#1 – Curtis Martin
Curtis Martin was one of the most consistent running backs to ever play in the National Football League. He got his start with the New England Patriots, but came to New York in 1998 to help lead the Jets back to respectability. From 1998 to 2005, Martin would rack up 100 yards rushing in a game a very impressive 43 times.