Wayne Chrebet is a former professional football player who played 11 seasons for the New York Jets in the NFL from 1995 to 2005. Chrebet attended Hofstra University in Long Island to play football and enjoyed a very productive college football career.
Chrebet's big break came when he was granted a walk-on opportunity with the NFL's New York Jets, with a stellar performance in training camp and the preseason, Chrebet managed to make the team's final 53-man roster, the first Hofstra alumnus to make an NFL team in three decades. His primary nickname, however, was "Mr. Third Down" because 379 of his 580 career receptions were third to first down conversions. Chrebet's career history was named one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in the history of professional sports by Sports Illustrated later that year. At the time of his retirement, his 580 receptions were the second-most in franchise history and his 7,365 yards from scrimmage were fifth in franchise history.
The NFL Network recognized Wayne Chrebet's career in 2009 by including Chrebet in their Top 10 episode "Best Undrafted Players" at the number ten position. Crebet routinely serves as an ambassador on behalf of the New York Jets and National Football League via community service and public relations events. Chrebet was formally inducted into the New York Jets Ring of Honor December 1, 2014.