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Former Jet, Park View Elementary Gym Teacher Joins Ring of Honor

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

 

Park View Elementary phys-ed teacher 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, a resident of Dix Hills, 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.

Marc Goldstein October 05, 2012 at 11:35 AM
As a long time Jet fan and friend of Wesley, I believe he should have been in the Ring of Honor much earlier than this. If you take a look at the Jets record books you will see Wesley's name continuously among the top 1 or two receivers in Jets history. http://www.newyorkjets.com/ms/media-guide/2012/html/Receiving-Records-1.html Besides being an all time great NY Jet, Wesley is an outstanding role model for the students in Kings Park and has given his time and attention to a number of students who have not had anything to do with sports. Congratulations Wes it couldn't have happened to a better guy!!
Peggy Gilmartin October 05, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Congratulations to a great athlete, colleague, and friend.
Anon October 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Congratulations Mr. Walker! You were an amazing football player and as a Teacher you are an extraordinary mentor to the many children in the Kings Park community who have had the opportunity to be educated by you and/or know you. You make a difference ~~ enriching the lives of our most "prized possessions"~~ children! Thank you! ~Tricia Dwyer-Johnston
Joe falese October 09, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Spent many a Sunday thrilled by your magic on the field and after that the good things I heard about you when I still lived in Dix Hills was a source of pride. Congratulations to you and your family. Now the game! We need a receiver!! Tonight:)

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