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News And Notes: Second Coming Of Klecko


In his press conference today, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson spoke highly of CB Sheldon Brown and his performance in training camp so far. "He's having a very solid camp," said Johnson. "I think one of his better camps. He's been around so much, and he has a great attitude. He's working hard. He came off a pretty good year last year, and I think he's continuing it this year."


Joe Klecko, the former NFL All-Pro defensive tackle and the father of Eagles DT Dan Klecko, was in attendance today to watch the morning practice. Of his son's play at defensive tackle over his career, the older Klecko said, "Danny knows how to get to the passer. He's very disruptive. He's been doubled a lot over his career, but, in this system, he's going to be very tough to block. With his technique, one on one, there aren't too many people who can block him."

A member of the famed "New York Sack Exchange" defensive front in the early 1980s that consisted of Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam, Joe Klecko played with the Jets from 1977-87 and with the Colts in 1988. The four combined for 53.5 sacks in 1981, including a league-leading 20.5 by Klecko, who was named the NFL's Defensive POY. Klecko is second to Gastineau on the Jets all-time sack list with 77.5


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