Category Archives: New York Jets

John Huarte – The Jets Other 1965 Bonus Baby

It is often overlooked that the New York Jets drafted two quarterbacks in 1965.  Everyone knows the story of Joe Namath and the $427,000 contract.  However, with their 12th-round selection, the Jets also picked up Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy winner, John Huarte.

Huarte battled Namath for the starting spot, but fell to third string behind Namath and Mike Taliaferro.  He was traded to the Boston Patriots in 1966.  The following page comes from the Pats 1967 team yearbook.

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Winston Hill Deserves to be in Canton

Winston Hill may be the most underrated of the great AFL tackles.  When considering the top tackles in the league, Ron Mix, Jim Tyrer, Stew Barber and a few others come to mind.  Hill ranks right up there with the best of them, yet somehow never seems to receive the respect that he deserves.

Hill is an All-Time AFL Second Team member, and was selected to eight AFL All-Star and NFL Pro Bowl games.  He was a dominant player both before and after the merger, yet like so many other AFL stars, he still has no spot in Canton.

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Jack Klotz Entered Pennsylvanie HoF

Jack Klotz was a relatively large (for the time – 6’4″, and 260 lbs.) offensive tackle who played in the American Football League from 1960-1964.  During that time Klotz played for the New York Titans, San Diego Chargers (three games), New York Jets and ultimately, Houston Oilers.

In 2010, Jack Klotz was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  His old team, the Jets, put out the following piece on their website.

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Sherman’s Battle of the Bulge

Sherman Plunkett played on some fantastic football teams.  As a rookie, he was a member of the Baltimore Colts squad that won the 1958 NFL championship game over the New York Giants.  After leaving the NFL in 1960, Plunkett latched on with the San Diego Chargers for the 1961 & 1962 seasons.  In 1963, he rejoined his old coach, Weeb Ewbank, this time as a member of the New York Jets.

Plunkett was one of professional football’s early big men, weighing more that 300 lbs. back when that kind of size was more the exception than the rule.  But like many of pro football’s biggest linemen, Plunkett’s girth sometimes got away from him.  The following article from Sports Illustrated in August, 1968, covers Plunkett’s last days in the AFL.  He was soon released.  After playing in 132-consecutive regular season games from 1958-1967, Sherman Plunkett found himself out of the game in 1968, a victim of his own voracious appetite.

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New York Titans become Jets

Fifty-one years ago this week saw the death of one of the AFL’s most storied teams, and the birth of another.  Harry Wismer had been the head man of the New York Titans from the franchise’s inception in 1960 through 1962 when the team was taken from him due, ultimately, to his lack of finances.

Famed talent agent, Sonny Werblin,bought the Titans for $1 million.  He changed their name to “Jets,” and after installing Weeb Ewbank as his head coach and Joe Namath at quarterback, had the team playing for a world championship within five seasons.

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