30. Wayne Chrebet
Accolades: New York Jets Ring of Honor
Career Stats: 7,365 receiving yards, 580 receptions, 41 receiving touchdowns
The 5’11”, 180-pound wide-out didn’t exactly have the body of a prototypical NFL player. In fact, Chrebet was once detained at the front gate of the Jets’ training camp because the security guard thought he was too small to actually be on the team. At the time, the Hofstra standout was slotted in the 11th spot out of 11 receivers on New York’s roster. He put together a strong summer camp, and eventually made the 53-man roster. Following 11 strong seasons with the team, Chrebet will forever live in Jets’ lore.
Chrebet flashed the skills of a modern-day slot receiver. He was more quick than fast, and possessed some of the surest hands you’ll ever see. Chrebet’s best season came in 1998, where he totaled 1,083 receiving yards on 75 receptions. Alongside Vinny Testaverde, Keyshawn Johnson, and Curtis Martin, Chrebet led the Jets to a 12-4 record, and fell just shy of a Super Bowl appearance.
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29. Cameron Wake
Accolades: 5-time Pro Bowler, First-team All Pro, 3-time Second-team All-Pro
Career Stats: 92 sacks, 21 forced fumbles
Cameron Wake’s NFL story proves that persistence pays off. Following a forgettable career at Penn State, Wake went undrafted in 2005. He had a short mini camp stint with the New York Giants, but Wake eventually settled in the Canadian Football League. As a member of the BC Lions, Wake quickly became a legend of the league and its most feared defensive player. It wasn’t long before NFL teams started calling again.
The first team happened to be the Dolphins, and Miami has been Wake’s home ever since. The converted defensive end has made five Pro Bowls, and four All-Pro teams since 2010. Through his contracts alone, Wake has made upwards of $70 million during his time in the league.
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