Joe Klecko elected to Hall of Fame

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By: Billy Riccette

One of the leaders of the New York Sack Exchange can finally ring the bell in Canton, Ohio. Joe Klecko is a Hall of Fame member.

The great Jets defensive lineman was elected Thursday as part of the NFL Honors ceremony. He was nominated by the Seniors Committee back in August to be among the finalists for induction.

A sixth-round pick in 1977, Klecko was a force on the defensive line for the Jets, including 20.5 sacks in 1981, one season before sacks became an official stat.

Klecko was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (1981, 1983-1985) and two-time First-Team All-Pro selection (1981, 1985). He was also named to the Second Team All-Pro in 1983.

His No. 73 is retired by the Jets and he is an inaugural member of the Jets’ Ring of Honor. Now, he is forever immortalized in the halls of Canton.

Originally posted on Jets Wire

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