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Former Jet, Dix Hills Resident Joins Team's Ring of Honor

Wesley Walker will be honored during this week’s Monday Night Football.

Dix Hills resident and former Jet, Wesley Walker will join the ranks of Joe Namath, Joe Klecko and Al Toon on Monday Night when he is inducted into the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Walker, who was a wide receiver for the Jets, along with Mark Gastineau, will join 10 other Jets already in the prestigous group.

Walker played with the Jets from 1977-1989 and made the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1982.

The pair will be honored during halftime as the Jets take on the Houston Texans on Oct. 8.

A few Walker facts:

  • In 1986 he caught 12 touchdown passes, his best for a single season in his career. His 1,169 receiving yards in 1978 are his personal best for a year in his career, and the most in the NFL that season.
  • He finished his 13-year NFL career with 8,306 yards, 438 receptions and 71 touchdowns.
  • His son John is an assistant lacrosse coach at the University of Virginia and was a three-time All-American at Army. His other son Austin won a National Championship with Johns Hopkins lacrosse and plays professionally in Major League Lacrosse for the Toronto Nationals. His daughter Taylor was a professional dancer for the New Jersey Nets and is starting her career as a physical education teacher at Sachem High School North this fall.

Former Patch editor, Chris Vaccaro, contributed to this story.

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