Third Place – D’Brickashaw Ferguson (2006-2015)
D’Brickashaw “Brick” Ferguson makes the top three because in his nine years with the New York Jets, he exemplified excellence at the left tackle position (aka “the blindside”), which is something the NYJ is currently lacking.
Brian Costello of the New York Post aptly described D’brickasawh’s nickname when he retired in 2016:
"“a brick is sturdy, hard to move and stands up to whatever is thrown its way. So was Ferguson as the Jets’ left tackle for the last 10 years.”"
Every single game fans knew what you were getting from Brick. There was rarely quarterback pressure or a blindside hit coming from his side. So any quarterback who played for New York during Brick’s tenure was reassured that they would have enough time to get a pass off (Chad Pennington, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, and Ryan Fitzpatrick).
Brick played every single game for 10 seasons (167 games, including playoffs) and only missed one snap throughout his entire career (10,351/10,352 snaps). Through that time he only accumulated 43 penalties. That means in just 0.42% of his career snaps, he caused an infraction. That is close to being perfect for an offensive lineman.
Let us also remember that Brick was part of one of the best offensive lines in Jets history that helped bring Gang Green to back-to-back AFC Championships.
Playing as an offensive lineman is not a glamorous position like quarterback, wide receiver, or running back. Brick was certainly aware of that from the way he put his teammates first and how he approached the game. Still, his humility and talent clearly transpired on the field, which is why he was a three-time Pro-Bowler.