The loss of two of the New York Jets' greatest offensive lineman made for a terrible morning for the team.
Rich Cimini of ESPN's Jets Insider said that Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney had passed away. Sweeney was 60 years old, and Powell was 67.
Powell had a Hall of Fame career at USC and was selected fourth overall in the 1977 NFL Draft. He became one of the top offensive linemen in football within a short period of time,
winning four All-Pro choices and five straight Pro Bowl selections between 1979 and 1983.
Before quitting football in 1987, Powell played his final two NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Only four players in New York Jets history have been named to the First Team All-Pro three times or more, including him.
Jim Sweeney played guard for his first two NFL seasons after being selected by the Jets in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft.