New York Titans become Jets

1964 topps new york 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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2 Responses to New York Titans become Jets

  1. Bob Mischak Jr. says:

    Fun to look back at this moment in AFL History. I have a personal interest as my father Bob Mischak, Sr. #67 was the first All Star in the history of the franchise. Another recollection was driving from our home in NJ with my Dad on an off day to the Polo Grounds and visiting the locker room. Far from the plush surroundings of the current day NFL! Go Titans!

  2. KevinCarroll says:

    Mr. Mischak,

    As a boy growing up in Queens, I remember the Titans fondly. I had your dad’s football card and recall his days with both the Titans and the Raiders. Today I reside in Albuquerque and a close friend of mine is Dewey Bohling, who was also an original Titan in 1960. He was the Titans leading rusher in ’60 and played with them for the first half of ’61 before being traded to Buffalo. I wrote a book about the original Houston Oilers during their early years. I would enjoy hearing whatever memories your dad may have shared with your regarding his early days in the AFL.

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