New York Jets: Top 5 quarterbacks in franchise history

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Vinny Testaverde

Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets fans tailgate before the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Before Chad Pennington was the quarterback for the Jets, it was Vinny Testaverde as the man in New York. Testaverde played seven seasons for the Jets after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens.

In seven seasons with the Jets, Testaverde totaled 12,497 passing yards, 77 passing touchdowns, and 58 interceptions.

Testaverde was the quarterback for the Jets in the 1998 season, which looked to be the Jets’ best chance to win their second Super Bowl. Testaverde led the Jets to a 12-1 record in the regular season, but the Jets would lose to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. John Elway and the Broncos would go on to defeat the Atlanta Falcons that season in the Super Bowl.

The following season, Testaverde would get injured, as the Jets’ Super Bowl hopes in 1999 came to an end when Testaverde went down. Testaverde will always be a fan-favorite for Jets fans, as he was certainly one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history.

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