“I believe Chad’s capable of leading them [the Jets] to a championship. He can perform on that level.”
—Hall of Famer Joe Namath

“Chad knows how to be a leader and a locker-room guy. I like him a lot the more I’ve gotten to know him. He has a great attitude. He knows it’s a team game.”

“I don’t want Chad taking football to seriously. He needs to enjoy it.”
—Former Jets head coach Herman Edwards

“He is a perfect teammate.”
—Veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde

“He plays with a twinkle in his eye ... he’s a unique player.”
—Sports radio host Mike Francesa

“I know how good Chad is. The perception of quarterbacks is that they’re cocky. He’s down-to-earth.”
—Former Miami of Ohio star Travis Prentice

“His poise is remarkable. His accuracy is uncanny. And the thing I probably appreciate more than anything is his humility.”
—Broadcaster Boomer Esiason

“He’s intelligent, and he knows how to play both games, the physical game and the mental game. He leads verbally and by example.”
—Former Marshall teammate Mike Gulliams

“He’s a perfectionist. He demands a lot of himself and that’s why he has a chance to be a really, really fine player.”
—Former Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett

“I think he’s already one of the premier passers. He has great touch, is very accurate, and has poise, presence and mobility.”
—Super Bowl coach Bill Walsh

“His cerebral approach to the game is just Grade A. He knows what he’s doing. He knows where he’s going with the football. He’s the whole package. He’s a good character youngster and a great competitor.”
—Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning

“Chad’s a heck of a leader. I mean, he doesn't know any of us from the man on the moon right now, but he comes into the huddle and says, 'Give me your eyes.'”
—Teammate Justin Smiley

“He brings management skills to the table. He can manage a game really well.”
—Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano



Joe Namath, 1970 Topps



Boomer Esiason,
1989 Sports Illustrated



Archie Manning,
1972 NFLPA sticker

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