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Worst: "The Sanchize" For Mark Sanchez

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The early years of Mark Sanchez's career were a magical time.

He helped lead the New York Jets to consecutive AFC Championship games, and it looked like he was the present and the future for that franchise.

It was during these hopeful years that Sanchez's teammates and coach, Rex Ryan, began referring to him as "The Sanchize".

You know, like "The Franchise," only much, much worse.

While calling Sanchez a franchise quarterback didn't look all that outrageous once upon a time, it now looks ridiculous in retrospect.

A poor 2012 season saw Sanchez toss 18 interceptions to just 13 touchdowns, in addition to fumbling the ball a whopping 14 times.

One of those fumbles came to be known as the "butt fumble", and it's perhaps the most vivid memory many NFL fans now have of Sanchez.

Sanchez missed the 2013 season due to injury, and his career continued on a downward spiral from there.

After brief stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, the 31-year-old Sanchez is currently a free agent.