Category Archives: New York Titans
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.
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.
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.
… that former NBA coach, Pat Riley, has a tie to the American Football League? His brother, Lee Riley, played defensive back for the New York Titans, and led the AFL with 11 interceptions in 1962. The following link shows a page from William Ryczek’s fantastic book, Crash of the Titans, in which he discusses Riley. If you have never read Crash, do yourself a favor and find a copy. It is a fantastic, in-depth look at perhaps the worst-managed, yet most colorful of AFL teams.