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WATCH: Former Jets star Marvin Washington names best New York BBQ

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive lineman Marvin Washington #97 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on September 17, 1989 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Jets 38-24. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

In the debut episode of Rich Salgado’s Big Daddy & Friends show for Sportsnaut, retired New York Jets defensive end Marvin Washington spoke about a variety of compelling topics, not least of which was some of the best BBQ in the Big Apple area.

That’s right. You may not immediately make the connection between New York City and a bastion of BBQ brilliance, but that’s why Washington is here to help out. He plugs a certain BBQ joint in the borough of Brooklyn as a particular hot spot. You can view the full clip in the video above.

Marvin Washington presents: Best BBQ in NYC

As a member of the Jets from 1989 through 1996, Washington had plenty of time in the City that Never Sleeps to test out the cuisine scene. In his estimation, it doesn’t get any better than Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue.

“They start smoking their brisket at 2 a.m. every day, and it’s ready,” Washington said. “They have a smoked steak that’s outstanding…30 to 40 different varieties of mac and cheese.”

Despite his dietary preferences running contrary to this style of food, the vegetarian Washington nevertheless holds Morgan’s in the highest regard.

“I always say: Morgan’s Barbecue is the best barbecue, bar none, east of the Mississippi. I would put it against anything — and it’s best by far here in New York City.”

As you can see by following the link to the restaurant’s official website, Morgan’s certainly offers large portion sizes and no doubt delivers the goods, offering BBQ enthusiasts plenty of bang for their buck. That’s especially important in a big city like New York. We at Sportsnaut can vouch for this, as we’re based in part in the greater NYC area.

Marvin Washington excelled in New York Jets tenure

When Washington wasn’t wolfing down wings to stay fueled as a 6-foot-6, 285-pound cornerstone on the Jets’ defensive line, he was quite an accomplished player on the gridiron. He’s the only player to sack Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino for a safety, and he counts former teammates such as Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and all-decade linebacker Mo Lewis as personal friends.

Over the course of his tenure with the Jets — the franchise he played for in eight of his 11 seasons — Washington compiled an impressive resume, recording 417 combined tackles, 10 forced fumbles, 37.5 sacks and an interception in 124 games (90 starts). For greater context, that’d be an average of about 52 tackles and 4.5 sacks per year.