New York Jets
The New York Jets
The New York Jets are a professional American football team in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League(NFL). The team’s headquarters are in Florham Park, New Jersey. In a unique arrangement, the Jets share their home arena MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with another pro-football team the New York Giants. Their distinctive team colors are green and white, giving rise to their nickname of Gang Green.
The team was founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League; later, the franchise joined the NFL in the AFL–NFL merger. The team began to play in 1960 at the Polo Grounds. Under new ownership, the current name was adopted in 1963 and the franchise was relocated to Shea Stadium in 1964 and then to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in 1984. The Jets first made the playoffs in 1968 and carried on to win the ultimate prize in American Football – victory in Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts. They thus became the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Since 1968, the Jets have appeared in the playoffs 13 times, and in the AFC Championship Game four times, most recently losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. However, the Jets have never returned to the Super Bowl, making them one of three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance, along with the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Four players and contributors from the Jets have appeared in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on account of their involvement with the team – many others were recognized principally from exploits elsewhere. First of these to be inducted was coach Weeb Ewbank who coached the Jets for ten seasons from 1963 to 1973 and is the only coach to win a championship in both the NFL and AFL. When recruited as coach, the Jets were a struggling team but Ewbank built them into a force to be reckoned with. After initially disappointing seasons, his hopes were realized in 1968 with victory in the AFL Championship followed up by Super Bowl III.
A crucial signing by Ewbank was quarterback Joe Namath who was one of pro football’s most iconic players and subsequently had an acting career. Joe played eleven seasons for the Jets. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 and listed among the top 100 players of all time, he was the only one to have spent most of his career at the New York Jets.
Fellow Hall of Famer Don Maynard played twelve seasons for the Jets as a wide receiver and was in fact the first player to sign for the franchise in the New York Titan days. The fourth member of this elite Jets group was running back Curtis Martin who played the last seven years of his career with the Jets and retired having amassed the fourth highest total of rushing yards in NFL history.
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