Mark Gastineau
American football player
Mark Gastineau
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.
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Pro Bowl record book: A look at the best individual and team accomplishments in the All-Star game
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
  Compiled by The Associated Press The individual and team records for the Pro Bowl since it began in 1971: INDIVIDUAL Games Played — 12, Randall McDaniel, Minnesota 1990-2000; Tampa Bay 2001; Will Shields, Kansas City, 1996-2007; Champ Bailey, Washington, 2001-04; Denver, 2005-08, 2010-13. SCORING Points, Career — 57 David Akers, Philadelphia, 2002-03, 2005, 2010-11, San Francisco 2012 (24-PATs, 11-FGs) Points, Game — 24, Brandon Marshall, Miami, 2012, 4 TDs. Touchdowns, Career — 8, Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, 2006, 2008-09, 2011-13. Touchdowns, Game — 4, Brandon Marshall, Miami, 2012. PATs, Career — 24, David Akers, Philadelphia, 2002-03, 2005, 2010-11, San Francisco 2012. PATs, Game — 8, Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland, 2012; Blair Walsh, Minnesota, 2013. Field Goals Attempted, Career — 18, Morten Andersen, New Orleans 1986-89, 1991, 1993; Atlanta 1996. Field Goals, Career — 11, David Akers, Philadelphia, 2002-03, 2005, 2010-11, San Francisco 2012. Field Goals Attemp ...
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Why Greek Americans Should Be NY Jets Fans
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The question is often directed to me: "Since you were not born and raised in NYC why do you love the NFL and why do you support the NY Jets?" Well, the answer to the first question is easy: Football is quite possibly the world's greatest game, and certainly the only one that demands such a combination of intellectual and physical prowess. But the answer to the second question is a little more complicated. Ultimately, it has to do with the striking connections between the NY Jets, Gang Green Nation and the Greeks. Consider the following: The Shadow of Past Glory. In an infamous article (well, infamous to us Greeks), The Onion once profiled Greece as a country "2,500 years past its prime." Maybe, but the glory that was Greece remains relevant. Think of the singular contributions made in the fields of philosophy, politics, science, literature and the arts; and lest we forget, the concept of democracy is also Greek. The signature glory moment of the NY Jets also lies in the past. The f ...
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Jets induct former DE Mark Gastineau, WR Wesley Walker into team's Ring of Honor
Fox News - over 4 years
The New York Jets have inducted former sack-dancing defensive end Mark Gastineau and popular wide receiver Wesley Walker into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of their Monday night game against the Houston Texans.
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Cortland Has Tebow Mania!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Welcome to Tebow Town, USA. At least that's what one of the handful of T-shirts devoted to Tim Tebow on sale around town proclaims this quaint spot in central New York to be. It's a sentiment that's hard to argue with. It's been all Tebow, all the time at New York Jets camp and local business owners are cashing in more than ever. Fans have been flocking to the area since the Jets rolled into town on July 26 – many wanting to get a glimpse of the NFL's most popular backup quarterback. "Oh, definitely, he's the main attraction," said Ajay Patel, general manager of the Days Inn in McGraw, 2 miles from the camp site at SUNY Cortland. "The last two years the Jets were here, we were busy, but it's been double the occupancy this year. We usually don't get this much on this side of town." Training camp drew about 41,000 fans to Cortland in 2010, the Jets' second summer there after 40 years at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. After the Jets (No ...
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Young Boy's Idol Receives Thanks 24 Years Later
Lacey Patch - almost 5 years
There’s a scrapbook Seth Knauer has tucked away, filled with the items that bring back childhood memories: photos with friends, notes, newspaper clippings. Among those bits are snapshots from a lost summer; as a 10-year-old in 1988, Knauer spent much of his summer in a body cast, recovering from a car accident.  “There’s no reason to keep it, really, except for Mookie,” the Lacey resident says. That’s Mookie Wilson, the New York Mets center fielder, who took the time that summer to call a young boy who, by most accounts, was lucky to survive the crash. Knauer was a passenger in the car driven by Emiel “Bud” Beucler Sr., the assistant coach on his Little League team that summer. They were driving north on Route 9, headed to Beucler’s home for a pool party to celebrate a championship won earlier that day, when they were hit head-on by another Lacey resident. Knauer says he was later told emergency personnel didn’t see him in the car at first. Beucler had been ejected from the ...
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Brittny Gastineau Catches Kim Kardashian's Wedding Bouquet! - Radar Online
Google News - over 5 years
The estranged daughter of former NFL star Mark Gastineau grabbed Kim's bouquet, which is traditionally a sign as to who will be the next bride. The Gastineau Girls star, 27, admitted she cheated slightly in order to catch the flowers at the beautiful
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It's a football camp with a message - Press Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Lyons was drafted by the Jets in 1979 and became part of the Sack Exchange with Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko and Abdul Salaam. The Jets had 66 sacks in 1981 and made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. In 1982, Lyons started the Marty Lyons
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The Biggest Conspiracy Theories and Strange Rumors in Sports History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
In the final game of the 2001 season, Michael Strahan was within one sack of breaking Mark Gastineau's single-season record of 22 sacks. But with Strahan still without a sack late into the game, Favre rolled out of the pocket, saw Strahan approaching
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What's Your Name Again: Top 15 Nicknames in NFL History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The unit consisted of Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam. In 1981, they combined for a total of 66 sacks and led the team to their first playoff appearance since Joe Namath's amazing victory in '69. The unit stayed intact until
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Athletes and Their WAGs: '80s Edition -
Google News - over 5 years
Mark Gastineau, a key cog in the Jets' "New York Sack Exchange" defense of the '80s, started dating Nielsen in early 1988 after her divorce from Sylvester Stallone. Midway through the '88 season, the Jets linebacker announced that he was retiring to
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Ryan the key for Jets pass rush success - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- It seems to be the biggest concern among fans: How in the name of Mark Gastineau are the New York Jets going to generate a pass rush that instills fear in opposing quarterbacks? With about $8 million in salary-cap
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Titan: Departure not over contract -
Google News - over 5 years
The Patriots didn't comment, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said, "The fact that he chose them … there's no way I'm going to wish him well." In 11 seasons, Ellis had 72½ sacks, third in franchise history behind Joe Klecko (77½) and Mark Gastineau (107½)
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Ellis To Patriots - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ellis has earned respect throughout a career in which he has piled up 72½ sacks, ranking third on the Jets' career list behind Joe Klecko (77½) and Mark Gastineau (107½). The fact that he chose them ... there's no way I'm going to wish him well. ... - -
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Psoriasis is so common, even Kim Kardashian has it -
Google News - over 5 years
Here are a few famous people who suffer from psoriasis: Mark Gastineau, Art Garfunkel, LeAnn Rimes. I am sure we all know many people with the disorder, but since they hide it, or handle it well, we aren't aware of it. Maybe psoriasis needs a celebrity
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Frank: Overrated-Underrated: Eagles performances - Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Google News - over 5 years
As it is, White's 21 sacks in 1987 still ranks third in NFL history, behind Michael Strahan's 22 1/2 in 2001 and Mark Gastineau's 22 in 1984. What if there was no strike? White averaged 1.75 sacks per game in the 12 games he played
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New Book Coming Out on 1980's Jets - Gang Green Nation (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... the team's relationships behind the scenes, the emergence of Joe Klecko, the rise and fall of Mark Gastineau, steroid use among the Jets and in the NFL, the legendary Shea Stadium as well as never-before-heard stories and insight into the legacy of
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The Grantland Top Five: Absurd '80s Posters, Tiger-as-Hermit, and the Rest of ... - Grantland (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... THE BASH BROTHERS) and mailman uniforms (Karl Malone: SPECIAL DELIVERY) and oiled up and shirtless and wearing nothing but a fur loincloth (Mark Gastineau in MARKAN THE BARBARIAN, although this is not the most homoerotic image in the collection
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Gastineau
  • 2001
    Age 44
    Gastineau has said he has become a changed person and put his turbulent past behind him. Shortly after his release from prison in 2001, he claimed to have a religious conversion to faith in Jesus Christ.
    More Details Hide Details Gastineau has appeared on programs such as The 700 Club to speak of his experience. Gastineau is now a choir member at Times Square Church.
    Gastineau's sack record stood for seventeen years until Michael Strahan broke it in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details New defensive coordinator Bud Carson installed a 3-4 defense for the 1985 season. Gastineau shifted from left defensive end to right defensive end, although he did move him around to allow for mismatches. Gastineau broke his hand early in that season but still finished second in the league with 13½ sacks and was voted All-Pro by the NEA. The Jets finished 11-5 in 1985 to earn a wildcard spot in the playoffs along with fellow AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. Gastineau recorded a sack in the Jets' 26-14 loss to the Pats at the Meadowlands.
  • 2000
    Age 43
    In 2000, Gastineau spent 11 months in Rikers Island for parole violations.
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  • 1998
    Age 41
    Later he himself would spend time in prison due to several disputes with the law, including domestic violence and drug possession in 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 39
    His career ended in 1996 when he lost to another former football player, Alonzo Highsmith.
    More Details Hide Details His record in boxing was fifteen wins, two losses, and one no-contest. His ex-wife Lisa Gastineau and their daughter Brittny Gastineau (whom he has not seen in 17 years) starred in the E! reality television show, The Gastineau Girls. Gastineau has a son with actress Brigitte Nielsen, Killian Marcus (born on December 15, 1989 in Scottsdale, Arizona).
  • 1991
    Age 34
    In 1991, Gastineau began a career in boxing, compiling a 15-2 record before retiring in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details His first fight against Derrick Dukes produced a first-round knockout. Dukes, a professional wrestler, later admitted he took a dive. TV newsmagazine show 60 Minutes interviewed several others that fought Gastineau and were told to take dives to make Gastineau look good.
  • 1990
    Age 33
    Gastineau tried a comeback, in the Canadian Football League in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He signed a two-year contract with the BC Lions, but got injured and was released after only four games.
  • 1989
    Age 32
    Gastineau made a cameo appearance as a prisoner in a crowd during a prison football game in the 1989 film Lock Up starring Sylvester Stallone (to whom Nielsen was married prior to her relationship with Gastineau).
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  • 1988
    Age 31
    Gastineau led the AFC in sacks seven weeks into the 1988 season.
    More Details Hide Details He then abruptly announced his retirement soon after Nielsen, to whom he had previously announced his engagement, claimed to be suffering from cancer of the uterus. The announcement was followed by a surge of investigation by local New York papers of whether she was telling the truth, reflecting citywide mistrust of Gastineau. At the time of his retirement, Gastineau was the NFL's all-time leader in sacks.
  • 1987
    Age 30
    Gastineau met model and actress Brigitte Nielsen following the 1987 season, and soon began a highly publicized romance.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Dave Jennings said of this understandably unpopular move: "We expected it from Mark. He's always put himself in front of the team." The crossing brought to a head longstanding tensions between Gastineau and his teammates; he had never been popular in the locker room. Gastineau got into a fight with backup center Guy Bingham when he drove into the Jets complex early in the strike. Gastineau was later joined in crossing the picket line by teammates Marty Lyons and Joe Klecko, further undermining the players' strike.
  • 1986
    Age 29
    For the start of the 1986 season, Gastineau was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside New York Giants star linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details Injuries limited Gastineau to just two sacks in ten games (his lowest total since his rookie season) as he was slowed by groin and abdominal muscle ailments and then by a damaged left knee that required arthroscopic surgery and forced him to miss the last five games of the regular season. Gastineau rebounded in the postseason, recording a sack in the Jets 35-15 wildcard round victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and 2½ more in the Divisional Round Playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. However, late in the fourth quarter of that game, with the Jets leading 20-10 and the Browns facing a second down and 24 from their own 18-yard line, Gastineau was called for a questionable roughing the passer penalty. The play had originally resulted in an incomplete pass by Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar so instead of having a 3rd-and-24 situation, the 15-yard penalty on Gastineau gave the Browns a first down at their own 33. From there, the Browns drove the remaining 67 yards to a touchdown which cut the Jets' lead to 20-17. The Browns would later tie the game with 7 seconds remaining in regulation on a 22-yard field goal by Mark Moseley and win it on a 27-yard field goal by Moseley 2 minutes and 2 seconds into the second overtime period.
  • 1984
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was voted the UPI AFC Defensive Player of the Year, and was also named MVP of that season's Pro Bowl after tallying four sacks and a safety in that game.
  • 1983
    Age 26
    The ban on the Sack Dance stemmed from a 1983 game against the Los Angeles Rams, when Gastineau and Rams Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater got into a fight following a Gastineau sack of Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this off-the-field indiscretion, Gastineau totaled 19 sacks to lead the NFL for the first time. Gastineau was nationally famous for doing his signature "Sack Dance" after sacking an opposing quarterback. However, he had to stop when the NFL declared it "unsportsmanlike taunting" in March 1984 and began fining players for it.
  • 1982
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 24
    He was Second-team All-Pro in 1981 as well as being consensus All-AFC.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1981, he, Klecko, Lyons and Salaam were invited to ring the ceremonial opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, which served as the inspiration for their nickname.
    In New York, Gastineau was a key part of the famed "New York Sack Exchange," the Jets defensive line that also included Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. The four combined for 66 sacks in 1981, including twenty by Gastineau (In 1981 sacks were unofficial, but Gastineau's 20 sacks trailed Klecko by only ½ a sack), to lead the Jets to their first playoff game since 1969.
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    He was a First-team All-Pro in years 1981-85 and was consensus All-AFC in each of those years.
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  • 1979
    Age 22
    He became ECU's first-ever draft pick when the New York Jets selected him in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Gastineau was among the most talented and honored defensive linemen of his era. He made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons (1981–85) and finished his ten-year career with 107½ sacks, the Jets all-time record.
    He had 27 quarterback sacks in his college career, and earned Outstanding Defensive Lineman honors for the North in the 1979 Senior Bowl.
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  • 1975
    Age 18
    He entered Eastern Arizona Junior College in 1975 and earned All-America honors in his first season.
    More Details Hide Details He transferred to Arizona State University, and spent just one season playing defensive end there before finally settling upon East Central Oklahoma State University, now East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma.
  • 1956
    Born on November 20, 1956.
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