Former center Kevin Mawae who played 8 of his 16 years in the NFL for the Jets was named on Tuesday night as a 2017 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.
Mawae, who is in his third year of eligibility joins CB Ty Law, RB LaDanian Tomlinson, DE Jason Taylor and OL Alan Faneca as former Jets who made the field of 15 finalists this year.
Mawae played his college ball at LSU, was a 2nd round pick in 2004 and played his first four years in Seattle before being signed by the Jets as a free agent in 1998 by then Head Coach Bill Parcells. He was on the '98 Team that went to the AFC Championship against Denver and was arguably the best center in the league during his tenure in NY. He made 6 Pro Bowls while with the Jets and also made the All-Decade Team for the 2000's. He was also a leader and unofficial team ambassador in the locker room who did not hold back his opinions to the press during good times and bad.
The team parted ways with Mawae in 2005 and he went on to sign with Tennessee to have four more productive seasons. Upon losing Mawae, the team that year drafted C Nick Mangold out of Ohio State who has been the team's center ever since.
As someone who covered Mawae for years I can say unequivocally that he is one of the true gentlemen of the game. He was always friendly and available in the locker room and out and wholeheartedly deserves this honor.
Congrats to Kevin and his family from JetsInsider.com!