Former Jets linebacker Marvin Jones and defensive back Erik McMillan will join the Jets’ coaching staff this summer as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, the team announced Tuesday.
Jones, the fourth overall pick in 1993, played his entire NFL career (1993-2003) in the middle of the Jets’ defense. He finished with 362 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions.
McMillan spent five years playing for the Jets (1988-92). In 51 starts, he had 22 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns. He was named The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1988, when he led the AFC with eight interceptions.
“Last year I was watching the Jets — I was sitting there and I said to myself I really want to be a part of this,” McMillan, the first Jets player to make the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons, told the team’s website.
The Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship provides NFL training-camp positions to minority coaches every year. The late Hall of Fame coach ushered in the tradition in 1987, when he brought a group of minority coaches to the San Francisco 49ers’ training camp.