NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Jets inducted former running back Freeman McNeil, wide receiver Al Toon, linebacker Larry Grantham and defensive end Gerry Philbin into the team’s ring of honor on Monday night.
Each of the four new members addressed the crowd to loud cheers at halftime of New York’s 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins, and fans greeted Toon with their familiar “Toooon!” chant.
“I just felt elated,” McNeil said in a conference call last week. “It’s been a long time since I played and to be recognized at this time is truly awesome.”
They joined Joe Namath, Weeb Ewbank, Winston Hill, Curtis Martin, Joe Klecko and Don Maynard, the Jets’ first group inducted last season, in the ring of honor.
“The Jets have been around a long time, and there have been a tremendous amount of contributors to building the New York Jets brand,” said Toon. “Just to be in that small group is humbling.”
McNeil ranks second on the Jets’ career rushing list, while Toon was one of the NFL’s top receivers before concussions cut short his career. Grantham and Philbin helped the Jets win the franchise’s only Super Bowl in 1969.
“It means everything in the world for us to be remembered,” said Grantham. “I can’t put it into words.”
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