Johnny Hector

Johnny Lyndell Hector was born on November 26, 1960 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Hector is a former NFL running back who was selected by the New York Jets in the 2nd round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Hector was a 5’11”, 205 lbs. running back from Texas A&M.


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Player Info

Height 5' 11"
Weight 200 lbs
DOB: 11/26/1960
Running Back


NFL Draft

1983/Round 2/Pick 51

Team(s) As A Player

New York Jets 1983-1992


Hector Part of 1-2 Punch 

Freeman McNeil and Johnny Hector gave the New York Jets perhaps the best running back tandem in the NFL during the mid to late 80s. Hector played in 10 NFL seasons for the New York Jets from 1983-1992. Hector’s best season as a pro came during the 1987 season when he was tied with Charles White for the most rushing touchdowns in the league with 11.

Johnny Hector’s Greatest Games 

It was October 12, 1986 and the New York Jets travelled to Foxboro to play the New England Patriots. Starting quarterback Ken O’Brien was sidelined by injuries so the little used Pat Ryan was at the helm. Johnny Hector responded in a big way, rushing for a career high 143 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. The Jets took a 24-0 halftime lead and held off the Patriots 31-24.

December 13, 1987 the Jets played at New England again. Like the year before, Johnny Hector came to play. When the game was over, Hector had compiled 104 rushing yards on just 22 carries and scored a touchdown.

Toward the end of his career, when Hector had been reduced to reserve duty, he once again came up big, this time against the Miami Dolphins. It was December of 1991 and Hector got the ball 13 times and ran for his second largest rushing total of 132 yards to help the Jets beat the Dolphins 23-20. “Johnny is a tremendous football player,” quarterback Ken O'Brien said. “He's taken a back seat with Blair and Freeman [McNeil]. We didn't utilize him enough this year, but he looked like the Johnny of old Sunday.”

After the game, Hector was asked about his lack of playing time during that season. “It's frustrating, because if I said I didn't want to play I'd be lying,” Hector said. “I'd love to have played more, but the coaches make the decisions. One of the things I've been asked is if I wanted to play someplace else. Even early in my career, I was asked that because of Freeman being here. I still have the same response: I just focus on what I have control over and don't worry about anything else . . . All that other stuff is a waste of time.” (1)

Looking Back 

Johnny Hector was a fine performer, stepping up whenever his number was called. During his 10 seasons with the Jets, Hector carried the ball 1051 times for 4280 yards, caught 188 passes for another 1661 yards and scored 44 touchdowns.

By A. Goodin,
December 21, 2007

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