Since we've started the TJB Hall of Fame, we have always tried to recognize players from a variety of different eras of the Jets whether they are Super Bowl champions from the sixties, the dark days of the seventies, the rising team of the eighties or even more recent times. We have also tried to recognize those who had long and storied careers with the team, but also those whose contributions with the team while valuable, were short-lived due to the nature of the sport. With our last induction of the 2013 TJB Hall of Fame class we want to recognize a player who had a key role in helping the Jets become the resurgent team they were in the eighties, Lance Alan Mehl.
Lance Mehl played eight seasons for the New York Jets from 1980-1987 after a stellar career as an All-American at Penn State University. Mehl's talent for the game at higher levels became clear when as a backup at Penn State, Mehl tallied three sacks in limited playing time. The following season as a junior, Mehl became the Linebacker in "Linebacker U" and accumulated 96 tackles and four interceptions on a team that finished the regular season undefeated but lost to Alabama in their bowl game. As a senior, the co-captain's work on the field only improved and he earned second-team All-America honors.