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January 16, 2007 20:34 ET

SportsGist.com, the Internet's Leading Sports Social Network - Will Host NFL Football Great and Hall of Fame Candidate Joe Klecko for E-Chat on February 1, 2007 at 1:00 PM (EST)

NEW YORK--(Collegiate Presswire - January 16, 2007) - New York Jet, Joe Klecko, will join SportsGist.com for an E-Chat on February 1, 2007 at 1:00 PM. The internet's leading sports social network will team with Klecko to provide the SportsGist community with a historical Q & A session. This will be the first user driven Q&A with a professional athlete available on a sports social network.

Members of the sport social network will have open access to chat with Joe from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. SportsGist.com is a social network of sport fans and athletes. Sign-up is fast and membership is free.

Klecko, (born October 15, 1953) is a former NFL defensive end who played for the New York Jets (1977-1987), and the Indianapolis Colts (1988). With great natural strength, swift feet and an enormous desire to win, he anchored the Jets defensive line known as the "New York Sack Exchange", along with Marty Lyons, Abdul Salaam and Mark Gastineau at left end. The four combined for 53.5 sacks in 1981 and Klecko is one of Jets all-time leading sack leaders. His son, Dan, plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

New York Jets have honored the first player in professional football history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions (DE, NT and DT) by retiring his #73 jersey. Klecko became just the third New York Jet to have his number retired, joining Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath and Hall of Fame WR Don Maynard.

While at Temple University, Klecko also played semi-pro football for the Aston (Pa.) Knights and kept his eligibility by playing under an assumed name (Jim Jones) and a fake university (Poland University). He also won two NCAA club boxing titles in the heavyweight division. Klecko played high school football at St. James Catholic High School for Boys in Chester, Pa.

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