Category Archives: New York Titans

Art Powell: A Deserving Hall of Fame Candidate

The Pro Football Hall of Fame senior’s committee made their nomination last week for the HoF Class of 2018, and again the AFL was passed by.  Johnny Robinson, Winston Hill, John Hadl, Jim Tyrer, Walt Sweeney, Fred Arbanas, and many others likely didn’t even come up in discussion.

Still, there are grumblings out there, and our AFL legends are not being completely forgotten.   Ron Borges, a member of the hall of fame’s senior’s committee and The Talk of Fame Sports Network, recently penned (Keyed?  Typed?) a very compelling article for Art Powell, the legendary receiver who spent the bulk of his career with the New York Titans and Oakland Raiders.  As Borges illustrates, Powell should be remembered not only for his excellence on the gridiron, but also for his bravery in standing up against the bigotry and segregation that was so prevalent in the 1960s, and on full display when Powell’s teams played exhibition games in the South. read more

The Men Behind the Jets

1964 new york jets owners

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. read more

Interview with New York Jets Don Maynard

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. read more

AFL Legend, Art Powell

Art Powell, AFL legend and receiver for the New York Titans, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, passed away this week.  Powell was a dominant receiver.  Big, strong, and fast, Powell had five years of 1,000+ receiving yards in his career, and became the Oakland Raiders’ first deep threat under the tutelage of new head coach, Al Davis, in 1963.

This article was first published in 2006, but is still valuable for the insight it gives into Powell, and all that he accomplished in a career that is sadly unknown by most football fans today. read more

Former AFL Charger & Titan Charlie Flowers Dies

Charlie Flowers, a former Los Angeles Chargers and New York Titans running back died Sunday night, at the age of 77.  An obituary can be found below.

OLE MISS GREAT CHARLIE FLOWERS DIES