The NFL honors ceremony has turned out to be a historic evening for the New York Jets and their fans as two of the team’s rookies, Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson, each took home rookie of the year honors.
BREAKING: WR Garrett Wilson has won NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. He’s the first player in #Jets history to win the award. pic.twitter.com/pgfY4rC6MW
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) February 10, 2023
Sauce Gardner won Defensive Rookie of the Year. Easy choice.
He and Garrett Wilson are only the third rookie teammates to EVER win OROY/DROY in the same year.
A #Jets draft class that will go down in history.
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) February 10, 2023
It’s just the third time in NFL history that a team has had two of it’s own players win the award. According to Zach Rosenblatt of the New York Daily News, Gardner got 46 first-place votes. Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen got one.
Wilson set the team record for receiving yards by a rookie with 1,103 yards despite playing with a carousel of mostly poor quarterbacks.
Meanwhile, Gardner racked up a whopping twenty passes defensed while surrendering only one, albeit questionable, touchdown reception.
The Jets and GM Joe Douglas hoped he’d landed a pair of foundational players in the first round of this year’s draft and it appears he did just that.