Monthly Archives: September 2016
Much is said about Joe Namath and his $427,000 rookie contract, and rightfully so. Namath hit the professional football scene like nothing that had come before him. Frail knees and all, Namath had the Jets winning soon after his arrival. But the Jets, formerly the Titans, had begun a complete revamping of the organization two years prior to Namath’s arrival. The man behind all of the change? I’m not talking about Weeb Ewbank, although he certainly contributed. But the leader of the revolution, the man who signed the checks, was new owner, David A. “Sonny” Werblin. This page from the New York Jets’ 1964 Team Yearbook shows the ownership group that pulled the franchise from the penniless hands of Harry Wismer, who founded the Titans in 1959.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history. Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960. They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success. Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games.