Mark Gastineau

Football Player
Born Nov 20, 1956

Marcus Dell Gastineau is a former American football player who was a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. A five-time Pro Bowler, his 100½ quarterback sacks in only his first 100 starts in the NFL made him one of the quickest and most feared pass rushers of his generation. Gastineau is ranked the 8th greatest pass rusher in NFL History on NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Pass Rushers.… Read More

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    Huffington Post Sports - Oct 25, 2013
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    Fox News - Oct 09, 2012
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1956 Birth Born on November 20, 1956.


1975 18 Years Old He entered Eastern Arizona Junior College in 1975 and earned All-America honors in his first season. … Read More


1979 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He had 27 quarterback sacks in his college career, and earned Outstanding Defensive Lineman honors for the North in the 1979 Senior Bowl.
He was a First-team All-Pro in years 1981-85 and was consensus All-AFC in each of those years.
1982 25 Years Old With Klecko rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee in the second game of the strike shortened 1982 season against the New England Patriots, Gastineau became the new unofficial leader of the "Sack Exchange." Though he was often double teamed, he finished the season with six sacks, and was voted the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by NEA (and awarded the George S. Halas Trophy). The Jets made the playoffs again in 1982, losing the AFC Championship game to the Miami Dolphins.
1983 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1983 season started with Gastineau and the Jets' first round pick of the 1983 NFL Draft, quarterback Ken O'Brien, getting arrested and charged with assault at Studio 54. … Read More
1984 27 Years Old Gastineau had his best individual season with an NFL record 22 sacks (leading the NFL for the second year in a row), 69 tackles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 1984. … Read More
1986 29 Years Old For the start of the 1986 season, Gastineau was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside New York Giants star linebacker Lawrence Taylor. … Read More


1987 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987, Gastineau was the only Jet regular to immediately cross the picket line in that year's players' strike, citing his need to pay alimony. … Read More
1988 - 1990 3 More Events
1991 34 Years Old In 1991, Gastineau began a career in boxing, compiling a 15-2 record before retiring in 1996. … Read More
1996 39 Years Old His career ended in 1996 when he lost to another former football player, Alonzo Highsmith. … Read More


1998 41 Years Old Later he himself would spend time in prison due to several disputes with the law, including domestic violence and drug possession in 1998.
2000 43 Years Old In 2000, Gastineau spent 11 months in Rikers Island for parole violations.
2001 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Gastineau's sack record stood for seventeen years until Michael Strahan broke it in 2001. … Read More
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