New York Jets ultimate starting lineup – offense

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Left Guard: Randy Rasmussen

Time to start filling up the interior part of the offensive line. The choice for the left side is Randy Rasmussen. Besides anything else, he played with Winston Hill for several years. There has always been something to say about good chemistry along the offensive line. The fact that these two played together will help this team. The learning curve for this team would be a lot smaller than without him.

It’s not as if he wasn’t worthy on his own merits. Rasmussen took over the job of left guard in 1967 and didn’t relinquish the position until after the 1981 season. He spent his entire career with the Jets and was another model of consistency and durability. He started 199 games for the green and white. He may not have been chosen for any Pro Bowls but he was a rock on the left side of the Jets line.

He too blocked for some great backs through the years like Snell, Boozer and Riggins. Rasmussen was trusted to keep the prized Joe Namath from losing his knees, which fans from the era will tell you wasn’t that far from happening. If he could do that for all those years he is the guy I wanted rounding out the left side in front of Chad Pennington and Curtis Martin. He is the ultimate starting Jets left guard.