Category Archives: New York Jets
After four seasons of AFL play at New York’s Polo Grounds, the New York Jets began play in Shea Stadium in 1964, with a 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos. The club commemorated the evening with a page in the 1964 team yearbook.
The site, Today in Pro Football History, published detailed article of the game on September 12, 2010, which can be found below:
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.
Don Maynard hall of fame career is loaded with fantastic accomplishments, and connections to some of the greatest moments in professional football history. He started at Rice University and finished at Texas-El Paso, and then drafted by the New York Giants in the ninth round of the 1957 NFL draft. He played one season with the Giants before heading north to spend 1959 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. After the AFL was formed, head coach Sammy Baugh made Don Maynard the first player that he signed to the New York Titans. Maynard, first a Titan and later a Jet, stayed in New York through the 1972 season. He played his last two games as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, before wrapping up his football career in 1973.
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.