In fairness to Tony Richardson, he only spent a relatively small portion of his lengthy NFL career, three out of 16 seasons, with the Jets. That said, it’s a good thing the former fullback showed he could laugh at his gaffe Friday, because it was a draft-day doozy.
While announcing the Jets’ third-round pick, Richardson offered a version of the familiar Jets chant in which the team’s name is spelled out. Unfortunately, the 45-year-old couldn’t quite get it across the finish line, telling the crowd in Philadelphia, “With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama.”
Just googled how to spell "Jets" and this ain't it:
— Wheeler Walker, Jr. (@WheelerWalkerJr) April 29, 2017
Oh, Tony. The longtime Chief, who was selected to three Pro Bowls and also played with the Vikings, earned plenty of Internet derision for his slip-up, but he proved to be a good sport about it.
As for that aforementioned derision, here is just a taste.
Point: Spelling Jets J-E-T-E is bad.
Counterpoint: He did go 3-1.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 29, 2017
To add insult to injury, the player Richardson announced was from Alabama, while the ex-Jet is an Auburn product. At least Richardson, who played in Kansas City for 11 years, can relate to the “Great googly-moogly” guy from that Snickers ad.