D’Brickashaw Ferguson ‘humble’ and ‘appreciative’ during Sunday’s Ring of Honor induction

To borrow from baseball, it’s time for the No. 2 hitter to step into home plate in the Jets’ powerful 2022 Ring of Honor lineup.

And while D’Brickashaw Ferguson will enjoy his moment in the sun when the Jets’ 2006-15 left tackle is introduced as the newest member of the Ring in Sunday’s game against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium, he knows he’s in awe. through the unwinding process.

“It’s been a very overwhelming experience,” Ferguson said of his role in the triumvirate of recent Jets inductees this season, a short list that also includes Nick Mangold, admitted to sanctuary Sept. 25 in the game against Cincinnati, and Darrelle Revis, who will be enshrined Nov. 27 in the game against Chicago. “I see myself playing with Nick and Darrelle. I see these guys as elite players with multiple Pro Bowls, respected by their peers. I really see them as Hall of Famers.

“And so being inducted in the same year with them is very humbling for me. I think it’s hard sometimes to see yourself from a different perspective. Seeing myself being celebrated is a very humbling place.”

However, Ferguson belongs to the “ROH” with the other 20 members who are already there or will be by the end of this season.

Ferguson has all the hallmarks of a great Jet – first-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft in Virginia; named to the NFL All-Rookie Team with teammate Mangold after the 2006 season, selected to play in three Pro Bowls after the 2009–2011 seasons, the last two as starters; selected with Pro Football Hall of Famer Winston Hill as the New York Jets’ two all-time team tackles announced in 2019.

And he racked up incredible accomplishments on the pitch, most of it having to do with never stepping off the pitch. He never missed a game, never missed a start, never missed a game (well, there was that last game of the 2008 Finals against Miami that the Jets needed their team for “hands” on the field to try to win a victory), never missed a practice. After 10 seasons as a pro and Jet, 167 games and starts, including seven playoff starts, the so-called “Brick” retired as a player after the 2015 season.

And to this day, members of the Jets family have not been forgotten, including Jets CEO Robert Wood Johnson.

On Ferguson’s retirement, Ambassador Johnson said: “There are certain things you hope for when you select a player who is fourth overall in the draft. First, you want him to be a responsible citizen and a role model. Second, , you want him to be a leader in the dressing room Third, you want him to be reliable while performing at a high level for several seasons.

“D’Brickashaw has exceeded each of those expectations over the course of his career and will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Jets history.”

Besides his athletic skills and his great length and strength as the Jets’ blind QB protector for a decade, Ferguson was and is thoughtful, intelligent and encouraging, someone who wrote and blogged. And he showed those qualities again when he spoke with the team from the Jets’ media department who immortalized his way through the ring and offered words of wisdom to everyone, not just offensive tackles and to soccer players.

“Just keep doing your best,” he said. “You won’t be able to avoid the pitfalls of life. But that doesn’t mean everything has to be seen in a negative light. I think you have the ability to do things that you can’t even understand in this moment. But you’re not going to make it tomorrow, and so just take action, recognize where you are, and don’t be too hard on yourself because maybe things can turn out better than you thought. .”

The young man from Freeport, NY, who overcame open-heart surgery at the age of 9, has apparently taken his own advice as he now stands at the doorstep of another historic green gate.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity, or should I say recognition,” he said of his upcoming Ring of Honor induction, “and just trying to enjoy the moment.”

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