Following this week's matchup against the Oakland Raiders, Gang Green will be celebrating a record setting moment. The trustworthy and durable left tackle for the Green and White, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, will be appearing in his 125th consecutive game. This feat by "Brick" puts him towards the top of the list for most consecutive starts for all active tackles in the league and the most consecutive starts in Jets' history.
Since day one of his career, in 2006, the rock of the Jets' offensive line has not missed a start.
"It's been a blessing," said Ferguson on his accomplishment. "I'm just thankful that I've been put in this position and I've been allowed to play this game." At a position where trust, reliability, and consistency are required to play left tackle, Ferguson has been all the above."
The three time Pro-Bowler has seen many faces come and go in the locker room, but is jubilant to be able to play at this high level for his 125th consecutive game. "I'm happy that I've been picked to play this position for this long and I'm still fighting every day to represent for the left side."
The seasoned veteran knows how important his role is to the team. If the offensive line cannot perform at their very best throughout the course of the season, then the offense will fail to produce points. Having to protect his quarterback's blindside is essential to his team's success, but staying healthy to remain a part of the five man front is even more important.
"We recognize that as an offensive line our role is to execute to our best, so that other players can shine – the wide outs, Geno, (and) the backs, ultimately that benefits our offense, that benefits our team," noted Ferguson.
Regardless of this outstanding accomplishment by "Brick" to stay healthy and on the field for so long, Ferguson remains focused on the next game.
To him, the highs and lows of the season are expected and New York's most consistent player has experienced this before.
"The season is always an ebb and flow," stated Ferguson. "This is not uncharacteristic of some of our other seasons, but it's how we respond to adversity that really shows the character of a team."