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New York Jets History

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The New York Jets were founded in 1960 as a charter American Football League (AFL) member. They later joined the NFL in the 1970 merger. Currently the New York Jets are one of four teams in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL).The teams uniform consists of the colors green and white. The helmet design is a green oval, with the letters "NY" superimposed, and superimposed over that, the word "JETS" and a football. Formerly known as the Titans (1960-62),in 1960 they become charter members of the AFL, naming former quarterback great Sammy Baugh as their first head coach.

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In it's first eight seasons the team enjoyed mild success finishing second in the eastern division thrice.In 1963 a new head coach was appointed namely webb eubank and the name of the team was changed to jets due to the fact that the teams home,shea studium is located between New York’s John F. Kennedy International and La Guardia 1964 and 1965 the team produced rookies running back Matt Snell and Joe Namath. Namath in 1967 became the first professional quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in one season. He did so in only a 14 games, a feat which is impressive, even by modern standards. Don Maynard led the league in receiving yards that season, he eventually became the AFL’s career leader in yards and receptions. New York’s performance was on and off during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Leading players included McNeil, quarterback Ken O’Brien, and wide receiver Al Toon. Quarterback Boomer Esiason joined the Jets in 1993, but the franchise encountered repeated frustration, including placing last in its division in 1996. At the end of the 1996 season, the Jets traded four draft picks to the New England Patriots to gain the right to hire coach Bill Parcells, who had guided both the New York Giants and the Patriots to Super Bowl appearances.The New York Jets Hall of Famers include Weeb Ewbank, Don Maynard and Joe Namath. Hall of Famer quarterback Joseph William Namath nicknamed "Broadway Joe" was drafted by the New York Jets in 1964, from Alabama.Namath was an AFL All-Star four times, in 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969; and a Pro Bowler in 1972.

He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Jets' all-time team, the All-time All-AFL Team and the American Football League Hall of Fame.Namath is best known for predicting his team's unlikely victory in the third AFL-NFL World Championship Game, over Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts (currently known as the Indianapolis Colts). Other Hall of Famer coach Weeb Ewbank, took over the reins as coach and general manager of the New york Jets, at that time known as the "New York Titans," on the same day the new owners of the team changed it's name, on April 15, 1963.As coach of the Baltimore Colts, Ewbank had won the 1958 and 1959 NFL championships.

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Ewbank's Jets won the American Football League Championship in 1968 with a victory over the defending AFL champions, the Oakland Raiders. In the third World Championship Game, the Colts (proclaimed by some to be "the greatest pro football team of all time") were heavily favored over the AFL's "overmatched" Jets. But with Weeb's confident planning, the Jets ran a game plan that mystified the Colts, and came out with a 16-7 victory.In doing so, the Jets made Ewbank the ONLY MAN ever to coach teams to victory in an NFL championship, an American Football League Championship, and a World Championship. His record in the AFL was 50-42-6. Ewbank was selected as the Head Coach of the All-Time All-AFL team, and is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame. The New York Jets have won one League Champiuonship in 1968 and have one Super Bowl(III) win in 1968 post-season.The Jets firstplayed their home matches at the Polo Grounds, then at Shea Stadium. They are currently playing at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,New Jersey.


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