32 years later, Jets start another rookie QB

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NOTE: This post might look familiar to some of you. It was posted Friday, right before the Great ESPN.com Server Crash of aught-nine, and wasn't salvaged in the recovery phase. So I share with you once again what I thought was an interesting nugget ...

There is a chance, of course, that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez could get hurt before the season opener and not be able to play.

But let's assume he doesn't step into an uncovered manhole or get struck by a falling piano on his way to his big debut Sept. 13 against the Houston Texans.

Sanchez will break the NFL's longest-running streak of games without starting a rookie quarterback.

The Jets have gone 491 straight games -- over three decades worth -- without a newbie starter. The Kansas City Chiefs are next at 346 games.

The last Jets rookie quarterback to start was Matt Robinson in November 1977. He got the nod for one game that season and 20 times over his six-year career with the Jets, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.

David Norrie started two games as a replacement player during the 1987 strike season, but technically wasn't a rookie. Norrie was an 11th-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks a year earlier.

Since Robinson, here is the list of quarterbacks who've started for the Jets:

  • Richard Todd

  • Pat Ryan

  • Ken O'Brien

  • David Norrie

  • Tony Eason

  • Kyle Mackey

  • Browning Nagle

  • Boomer Esiason

  • Jack Trudeau

  • Bubby Brister

  • Frank Reich

  • Neil O'Donnell

  • Glenn Foley

  • Vinny Testaverde

  • Ray Lucas

  • Rick Mirer

  • Chad Pennington

  • Quincy Carter

  • Brooks Bollinger

  • Kellen Clemens

  • Brett Favre