TOJ Roundtable – New York Jets “Buy Me” Edition

The TOJ Roundtable discusses what New York Jets jersey you should buy (if any) this summer…

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What New York Jets jersey should you buy this summer? Or, if you are anti-wearing jerseys, what should you wear on game day instead?

Joe Caporoso – My rate of wearing football jerseys has decreased substantially since I began approaching 30 years old, as I made the shift to a t-shirt and hat on game day. However, to each his/her own. I always prefer the classics when it comes to jerseys: Martin, Namath, Maynard, Klecko, Lewis or current seasoned veterans like Mangold, Revis or Harris. After the season he put together in 2015, you can’t hate on a Brandon Marshall jersey or grabbing one of the young pups for the long term like Calvin Pryor, Lorenzo Mauldin or Leonard Williams. Keep it classic or keep it based in recent logic.

The key is do not be one of the following people: Person wearing a “Mayhem #51” jersey. Person wearing a Tebow jersey (seriously, cut the shit).. Person wearing a Vernon Gholston jersey ironically. Person who wears a Steelers jersey to a Jets/Dolphins game in September. Person with your own name on the back of the jersey (you didn’t make the team). Person wearing one of those weird black Jets jerseys they sell in Wal-Mart. If you want a throwback, go get one of the Kelly Greens.

Also don’t do this…

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David Aitken – If you’re going to buy a jersey this summer, buy a D’Brickashaw Ferguson one. He’s been one of the most important Jets of the last 10 years. He officially retired as a career Jet, never missing a game. He was a hometown player too, growing up in Long Island. He had a career that should be appreciated for a long time to come and his jersey is one you can feel proud of wearing for the rest of your life.

I have been burned enough times on buying current player jerseys that I have stopped doing it completely. The NFL is just too fleeting. Imagine buying a Revis jersey in 2012 only for him to play his next two seasons with other teams. Muhammad Wilkerson was an obvious jersey purchase a few years ago, and is probably playing his final year in New York. You simply never know how long a player is going to be on the Jets, even if it seems like they’ll want to hold onto a player forever. It’s better to buy jerseys with player names that you know you’ll wear even when that player is no longer on the team.

Or you can be known as the guy with the Kellen Davis jersey. That’s fun too.

Joe Malfa – First of all, I am very “pro-jersey,” but if you decide against the jersey, you better be damn sure you’re wearing something green or white. 

As far as which jersey to buy, there is only 1 current Jet that is an absolutely perfect jersey buy — Nick Mangold. He has been a rock since Day 1, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, he’s never had off-field issues, and he’s a future Hall of Famer. David Harris is the next in line, but he’s been on the decline and may not have as many years left as Mangold, nor is he a future HOFer. 

Personally, I don’t have any issues with any jerseys. Who cares what other people think about the jersey you wear? It’s your jersey and you wear it for a reason! If you want a Brandon Marshall jersey, wear a Brandon Marshall jersey. If you happened to meet Eric Smith and he was really nice to you, wear an Eric Smith jersey. If you want to wear a Vernon Gholston jersey just for a few laughs, then by God wear a Vernon Gholston jersey!!! 

Kevin Zielaznicki – Back when Vernon Gholston was drafted sixth overall, I fell into the hype and had his jersey within a week. And look how his career turned out. Ever since then, I have been very superstitious about buying new player’s jerseys and my motto has been to get an established veteran or former player. Like DA says above, a great jersey purchase this summer would be D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Another throwback jersey would be a personal favorite player of mine, wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Braylon brought fans a lot of happy (and some very frustrating) memories during the Jets 2009-2011 seasons, highlighted by his clutch catch against the Colts in the 2010 playoffs. And who could forget his backflipping after defeating the Patriots a week later? Another few surefire jersey options to get would be veterans like Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, and David Harris.

John Hargaden – Players seem like they change teams every year and that $100 you spent just a few months back regularly looks like a bad call. But, as a Jets fan there are some jerseys that are both past and present that are must haves. You have some of the oldies: Cherbet, Martin and Namath. Then going into the modern era you can go from Mangold to Harris then Ferguson and dare I even say Marshall. 

Alex Kaczynski – I am definitely a “pro jersey” guy, worth every penny in my opinion, they last forever. When I buy a jersey, I never aim for “spotlight guys” because the under-appreciated players are way more fun to wear. Some notable jerseys in my collection are Leon Washington, Brad Smith, Jim Leonhard, Chrebet, Leonard Williams, Revis and my personal favorite Jay Feely. 

This season, you should try and get your hands on a Calvin Pryor, Lorenzo Mauldin, or Marcus Williams. These guys are going to be making a difference soon and before everyone jumps on the hype train, you can say you got them first. Plus, I guarantee they will be on the team for a while, so think of it as an investment over time. If you are not a jersey guy, try and get a cool Jets t-shirt for game day. I am still waiting for Barstool Sports to make a “Sweats on the Plane” tee, because I need that. Don’t ever buy a “shirsey”, you know, the t-shirt that is supposed to look like a jersey. That is a cop out.

Sean Walsh – What should you and should not splurge $100 (or for me being 145 AUD) for? Personally, I am a fan of wearing the teams t-shirts and gym shorts, alongside one of the New Era caps we regularly see Todd Bowles rocking. 

The one jersey you should look at getting this year is Matt Forte as the new addition is set for a big year and also the fact that I bought one myself. I own quite a few jerseys and would have to say there are some I am proud of and some I am not, With Sanchez being my first ever one from a Market here in Brisbane at age 11, which is four sizes too big still to a Ben Graham signed jersey and everything in between! 

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports