"The Knock": Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 member Joe Klecko learns of his election

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 member JOE KLECKO learned of his election from fellow Hall of Famer JOE NAMATH. The captivating encounter, which you can view a summary of below, can be seen Saturday when NFL Network airs a one-hour special, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


A little more about Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023.HOF Finalist: 1 | Year of Eligibility: 30
Position: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Nose Tackle
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 263
NFL Career: 1977-1987 New York Jets, 1988 Indianapolis Colts
Seasons: 12 | Games: 155
College: Temple
Drafted: 6th Round (144th Overall), 1977
Born: Oct. 15, 1953, in Chester, Pa. 
Selected 144th overall in the 1977 NFL Draft by the New York Jets … Teamed with Abdul Salaam, Mark Gastineau and Marty Lyons to form one of the top defensive lines in the NFL, known as the “New York Sack Exchange.” … Named UPI NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1981, leading the league with 20.5 sacks … First-team All-Pro honors twice (1981, 1985) … Named to four Pro-Bowl teams (1981, 1983-85) … After moving to nose tackle during the 1985 season, Klecko became the second player in NFL history (after Hall of Famer Frank Gifford) to be selected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions … One of only five Jets to have his jersey number (#73) retired, along with Dennis Byrd and Hall of Famers Joe Namath, Don Maynard and Curtis Martin … Inducted into the Temple University Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Learn more about other members of the Class of 2023 and see a compilation of their "Knock" videos here.