The New York Jets franchise were one of the original American Football League teams founded when the rival league began in 1960. The team’s most famous early success came in 1968 when quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory over the NFL‘s Baltimore Colts and then delivered on that promise. Over the years, the Jets have had some great players play for them on the field including Namath, Don Maynard, John Riggins, Joe Klecko, Art Monk, Greg Buttle, Wayne Chrebet, Boomer Esiason, Brett Favre, mark Gastineau, Aaron Glenn, Bruce Harper, James Hasty, Johnny Hector, Keyshawn Johnson, Mo Lewis, Marty Lyons, Curtis Martin, Lance Mehl, Freeman McNeil, Rob Moore, Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien, Chad Pennington, Pat Ryan, Abdul Salaam, Vinny Testaverde, Al Toon, Wesley Walker, Laveranues Coles, and Ty Law. Here are five things you probably know about the New York Jets.
1. One of the early faces of the franchise, and one of the most famous New York Jets players ever, was quarterback Joe Namath. Namath was drafted by the Jets in the 1965 AFL Draft out of the University of Alabama. If he had not chosen to play in the AFL he may have played his career as the quarterback of the St. Louis Cardinals as they were the team that picked him in the NFL Draft.
2. When the New York Jets franchise originally began play, not only were they known as the New York Titans, but their team colors were also blue and gold.
3. In the 1998 NFL playoffs, New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson saw actions as a defensive back and ended up snagging an interception.
4. When the Jets played the Patriots in December of 2005, Vinny Testaverde was the quarterback for New York while veteran Doug Flutie was the quarterback for New England. This was the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks over the age of forty competed against each other in a regular season game.
5. The first New York Jets player to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing in a season was running back John Riggins in 1975.
The New York Jets have a loyal following and some of the most rabid fans in the National Football League. The team has experienced a number of different successful eras, but has also suffered through some low times as well. While not always finishing at or near the top of the league, the Jets have participated in a number of memorable moments, games and seasons. The New York Jets are one of the better stories each and every year in the National Football League.