The Pro Football Hall of Fame curatorial staff rarely receives items from rookie quarterbacks. Until Thursday afternoon, the last time an artifact from a rookie QB was accessioned into the collection was following the 1998 season when Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning’s rookie jersey was sent to Canton. That season Manning obliterated virtually every NFL rookie passing mark.
Yesterday, the shoes worn by New York Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez arrived at the museum in Canton. Sanchez wore the shoes during Week 3 when he became the first rookie quarterback since Greg Cook of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1969 to start and win his team’s first three games of a season. Sanchez scored the game’s first touchdown on a 14-yard run, his first rushing score of his career, and also threw a pair of touchdown passes.
The Jets’ first-round pick out of Southern California led his team to a 24-7 victory over the Houston Texans during Kickoff Weekend and followed that with a stunning 16-7 win over the division rival New England Patriots in Week 2. Sanchez and the Jets continued to 3-0 with a 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.
The shoes that Sanchez wore in the win over Tennessee on September 27 were promptly placed on exhibit in the Pro Football Today Gallery.
Mark Sanchez starts NFL career with three wins
||NYJ 24, HOU 7
||NYJ 16, NE 9
||NYJ 24, TEN 17
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