Jets join Saints (and Lions) in history at NFL Honors
The New York Jets joined the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints in history at the NFL Honors, with the Saints most recently accomplishing what the Jets did.
With Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner taking home the NFL's Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards respectively at the NFL Honors Thursday night, they became only the third team in the NFL's history of the award to have two teammates take home both awards. They join the both the 1967 Detroit Lions, and the 2017 New Orleans Saints, with a Saints player having a legitimate gripe for not receiving one of the awards and blocking history.
When the NFL started giving out the AP's Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards in 1967, two teammates took home both awards with Lions running back Mel Farr winning on offense, and Hall of Fame cornerback Lem Barney winning on defense. The feat wouldn't happen for another 50 years when Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore (ironically playing the same positions as Far and Barney) won both awards in 2017. Naturally, there was reason to assume that it would be another long while before the feat was accomplished again.
The Jets made us wait only five years for a team to do what the Lions and Saints did.
While it's always an interesting feeling when another player/team comes along and accomplishes something rare that your team was one of the only ones to do, but the pill is just a little more of a bitter one to swallow since Chris Olave had a great case to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award this year.
With that said, the New Orleans Saints are now one of three teams in over five decades to accomplish this, which is something to hang their hat on, and it's an added bonus that they've at least had more franchise success than the other two.