Jets @ Raiders Film – Preseason 1963

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I found this neat bit of film on YouTube recently.  It shows the highlights of the New York Jets playing a preseason game in 1963, against the Oakland Raiders.  The game, played before a mere 8,317 fans, featured the former Titans in all-white uniforms, before they unveiled the new jet logo.

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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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4 Responses to Jets @ Raiders Film – Preseason 1963

  1. afl says:

    Raiders/Jets exhibition highlights ’63 – beautiful! A young C Jim Otto # 00, # 36 HB Clem Daniels same AND on the first pass to WR # 13 Don Maynard, he is de-helmeted by #2 4 Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson… NFL would likely call an ‘unnecessaru roughness’ penalty today, sheesh. Four years later in the 1967 exhibition season, Fred tried that same ‘clothesline’ hit on Don & got his arm broken in the effort. They were all ‘AFL’ guys – God love em all.


  2. Eddie Arminio says:

    You’re so right afl,God love em all. They were all young, tough football players trying to give a new football league a reputable identity, and they succeeded.

    • Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

      Great way of saying it: “They were all young, tough football players trying to give a new football league a reputable identity, and they succeeded.”

      As a kid in the late ’70’s, the NFL I knew was already a consolidated powerhouse. The ’70’s were a great time to be a kid, and my 7th grade buddy will tell you the same thing.

      However, I didn’t know the story behind it all. I had the football books explaining that the AFL started out as a separate league in 1960. But it was only later, in my adult years, when I understood what that meant.

      Only now, as an adult, do I understand that a real rivalry existed between the NFL and AFL. The two leagues fought a war against each other, first for players (1960-’65) and then for supremacy (1966-’69). As a kid, I didn’t understand the uphill battle the AFL faced. Now I understand, and I am thankful for people like Todd who continue to tell the story.

  3. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    Excellent stuff ! ! !

    1963 was the Raiders’ turning point year. Al Davis came on the scene as head coach and general manager. The team, which had worn black and gold, switched to their trademark Silver and Black. And the Raiders went 10-4.

    When I came up in the 1970’s, I understood the Raiders to be a powerful and dangerous team. 1963 was the year it started.

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