Wayne Chrebet, a 1995 graduate with a degree in criminal justice, was a four-year letterwinner on the Football team who twice led the Pride in receiving and set the single season and career touchdown marks with 16 (1994) and 31, respectively. He was Hofstra’s first 1,000-yard receiver in 1994 and set a school record (since broken) with 245 receiving yards in a game at Delaware, while tying Jerry Rice’s I-AA record (since broken) for touchdown receptions in a game with five. Wayne finished his career with 150 receptions for 2,297 yards and received the Iron Mike Award, given to the Team Most Valuable Player, as a senior. His jersey, #3, was retired in 2003.
Following graduation, Wayne signed with the New York Jets and spent all 11 years of his NFL career with the organization. One of the most popular and productive receivers in Jets history, Wayne ranks second in career receptions with 580 and third in receiving yards with 7,365. He established the NFL mark for most receptions by a player during his first two seasons in the league with 150, and his 208 catches over the course of his first three seasons are the sixth most in NFL history.
Wayne also served on the Hofstra board of trustees and is a member of the Hofstra Pride Club, and was an honoree at the 2004 Hofstra Pride Club Dinner.