Answer: The Orange Bowl
Super Bowl III was held at Miami's Orange Bowl on January 12, 1969. The New York Jets stunned the professional world by defeating the Baltimore Colts, 16-7. The Jets backed up quarterback Joe Namath's "guarantee" of a New York victory by outplaying Baltimore. The Orange Bowl had also hosted The AFL-NFL World Championship Game II, which was held on January 14, 1968, between Green Bay and Oakland.
Answer: Warren Sapp
With Sapp still available and the Jets on the clock, fans of the team began to chant "We Want Sapp!" However, management didn't listen to the crowd and selected Kyle Brady instead. Brady spent only four seasons with the Jets, racking up only 949 yards before moving on to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999. Meanwhile, Sapp was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jets were down 30-7 prior to the start of the 4th quarter. They then scored an astounding 30 points in the 4th quarter to tie up the game at 37-37, before winning the game in overtime.
The New York Titans was formed in 1960 and became the Jets in 1963. The team colors were changed from blue and gold to green and white. The name Jets came because of entering the jet and space age, and because the stadium was close to LaGuardia, and what was later known as Kennedy airport.
Answer: Jim Turner
Those nine points turned out to be the difference in the game, as the Jets beat the Colts 16-7.
Answer: Matt Snell
Matt Snell wore uniform number 41 for the 1968 New York Jets, and the fullback scored the Jets' only touchdown in Super Bowl III against the Colts. Snell ran four yards off left tackle to score the game's first points. He rushed 30 times during the contest for a total of 121 yards. This Ohio State alum rushed for 747 yards and scored 6 touchdowns during the 1968 regular season. Johnny Sample wore uniform number 24, Emerson Boozer was number 32, and Paul Rochester wore number 72.
Answer: Penn State
Thomas was an All-American at Penn State, and was also a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1989.
Answer: Mo Lewis
At the time, the injury did not look like it would hurt the Jets more than it would help them. Sure enough, Tom Brady took the helm, went on to win three Super Bowls, and had not looked back since.
Answer: Weeb Ewbank
Weeb was released by the Baltimore Colts and was signed as the coach and general manager of the Jets. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
The NY Jets were the Titans for their first three seasons: 1960-1962.
Answer: Ken O'Brien
O'Brien was one of 4 quarterbacks drafted before Marino that year. The others were John Elway, Todd Blackledge and Tony Eason. Hall of Famer, Eric Dickerson, and Redskins great Darrell Green, were also drafted in the first round in 1983. Russell Carter was the Jets first round pick in 1984. Al Toon (drafted ahead of Jerry Rice) was their first round pick in 1985.
Answer: Don Maynard
Don Maynard wore uniform number 13 for the 1968 New York Jets. Maynard was a perennial All-Star performer who caught 57 passes for 1297 yards during the 1968 regular season. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. George Sauer Jr., another wide receiver, wore number 83 for the Jets. Pete Lammons, a tight end, wore uniform number 87. Bill Mathis, a running back, was number 31 for New York.
Five of his seven career rushing touchdowns came with the Jets. He also scored touchdowns as a member of the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
Answer: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts stepped into the Meadowlands for the wildcard round of the 2002 playoffs. Despite having Peyton Manning behind center, the Chad Pennington led Jets walked all over the Colts that day, winning 41-0.
Answer: University of Alabama
In 1965, there were two competing leagues, the National Footbal League and the American Football League. These two leagues held their drafts on the same day. The NFL St Louis Cardinals selected Joe as the 12th overall pick, while the AFL Jets selected him as the 1st pick overall. Joe went on to be a Jet. Joe was the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1965, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
The "Heidi Game" is a legendary event for New York Jets' fans. With the Jets leading the Oakland Raiders 32-29 with about a minute of playing time remaining, NBC television executives decided to cut away from the game at 7:30 pm in order to show a movie called "Heidi." New York fans never saw the Raiders stage a rally to score two touchdowns- the final score was Oakland 43, New York 32. Jets' fans were so furious by the "Heidi" decision that they flooded the NBC switchboards with protest calls; eventually, the NBC switchboard was knocked out of commission.
Answer: Jeff Lageman
Despite getting booed on draft day, Lageman turned in a serviceable NFL career. He played in 10 seasons and recorded 47 sacks with both the Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars. His best season came in 1991 when he posted 10 sacks as a member of the Jets.
Answer: Brandon Moore
A defensive tackle coming into the NFL, the Jets converted him into an offensive guard, and he has become one of the best run blockers on the team.
Bart Scott was also undrafted, but was picked up by the Ravens after the 2002 NFL draft. Jerricho Cotchery and Kerry Rhodes were fourth round picks by the Jets in the 2004 and 2005 NFL drafts, respectively.
Though they did reach the (.500) mark four times that decade, they never produced a single winning season.
Answer: Polo Grounds
The Polo Grounds has hosted the Mets, Giants (football and baseball), and Yankees in addition to the Jets. Polo was the host of the Jets for the inaugural year only. Shea Stadium then hosted the Jets 1964-1983. After 1983, the Jets moved to Giants Stadium also known as The Meadowlands. Strange having two NFL teams share a stadium, but with the proximity of the two teams it made sense.
Vito "Babe" Parilli was a 39-year-old veteran backup quarterback for Joe Namath during the 1968 season. Parilli attended the University of Kentucky under Coach Bear Bryant and began his professional career with the Green Bay Packers in 1952. Parilli became a star quarterback with the AFL's Boston Patriots from 1961 to 1967. During the 1968 season, Parilli was also the holder for Jets' placekicker Jim turner.
Answer: John Wesley Jones
By being an ex-world class sprinter, Jones had no trouble beating defensive backs to get open. However, Jones had one problem. He could not catch the football. Jones lasted only five seasons in the NFL. Meanwhile, Monk was taken 18th overall by the Washington Redskins and helped them to three Super Bowl victories.
After Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler both came down with season-ending injuries early in the season, the Jets looked to their third quarterback Brooks Bollinger. The Jets called up former Jets great, Vinny Testaverde to take the reigns as Bollinger's backup, but received the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last but not least, Kliff Kingsbury received game action, attempting two passes during the 2005 season.
Answer: Green and white
When the name was changed to the Jets, the colors were changed from blue and gold to green and white. Coincidentally, the colors were the same as Hess' gasoline stations. Leon Hess and Sonny Werblin were part of a group that bought the team from Harry Wismer.
Answer: Miami Dolphins
In the strike shortened 1982 playoff tournament, the Jets whipped the Bengals 44-17 in the first round, sneaked past the Raiders 17-14 in the second round, and then lost the Championship Game to the Dolphins 14-0.
Answer: Oakland Raiders
On December 29, 1968, the New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders, 27-23, to capture their first American Football League championship. This exciting battle was played in blustery weather at Shea Stadium in New York. Joe Namath led the Jets to a comeback victory by throwing three touchdown passes, two to Don Maynard and one to Pete Lammons. Jim Turner added two field goals to give the Jets the win. Big Ben Davidson, a defensive lineman, and Daryle Lamonica, the Oakland quarterback, gave a valiant effort but were unable to vanquish the Jets.
Selecting a fullback in the first round of the draft is a rarity, but nonetheless, the Jets decided to take a gamble on Vick. However, Vick's NFL career lasted only four largely unproductive seasons. Plus, which running back did the Jets pass on when they selected Vick? Kansas City Chief great Christian Okoye.
Eric Mangini took the team to a 4-12 record in 2007, then 9-7 in 2008.
Answer: Wesley Walker
In a wild 51-45 overtime win over the Dolphins in 1986, Walker hauled in six passes for 194 yards and the 4 TDs. His third touchdown of the game forced overtime and his fourth won the game. This was sweet redemption for Walker since he had fumbled late in the fourth quarter to set up Miami's go ahead TD.
Answer: Baltimore Colts
Weeb Ewbank (1907-1988) is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Football League. Ewbank began his head coaching career in 1953 with the Baltimore Colts and remained with Baltimore until 1962. Ewbank was thus Baltimore's head coach during the famous 1958 NFL Championship sudden death overtime victory, which the Colts earned against the New York Giants. Ewbank joined the New York Jets in 1963 and remained with Gang Green until 1973. Weeb Ewbank was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
A consensus All-American at USC, Cadigan's career with the Jets was hampered by injuries. He started only 51 games in six seasons with the club, before finishing his career in 1994 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jets made multiple trades to trade up in both the first and second rounds of the 2007 NFL draft, to acquire the players that they thought fit best for their team. Darrelle Revis and David Harris both contributed significantly in their first season. The Jets also selected wide receiver Chansi Stuckey in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The 2009 Jets draft class became the smallest in the history of the franchise when they selected just three players.
The Jets were the winners of Super Bowl III, then called the NFL-AFL Championship game, played in January 1969. The team beat the Baltimore Colts 16-7. The Jets were the underdog and Joe Namath guaranteed to the press that the Jets would beat Don Shula's Colts.
Answer: Dan Marino
O'Brien was an fair quarterback with the Jets, making two Pro Bowls in a 10-season stint with the team, but his numbers pail in comparison to Marino. Marino made it to nine Pro Bowls and was the 1984 NFL MVP. A holder of 31 Miami Dolphin records, Marino was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Jets signed Calvin Pace, and brought in Kris Jenkins to help boost the defense and improve the pass rush. In the end, the Jets ended up with a total of 41.0 sacks that would be good for seventh in the NFL, and first in the AFC East.
Answer: Marshall University
Chad was a first round, 18th pick of the 2000 draft. Since becoming the starting quarterback in 2002, Chad had been plagued by shoulder and ankle injuries. He was named 2006 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after the Jets finished 10-6 for the season.
Curley Johnson, number 33, was the punter for the 1968 New York Jets. He played for the University of Houston Cougars during the 1950s and joined the American Football League in 1960. Johnson played with the Titans / Jets franchise from 1961 to 1968. During the 1968 season, Johnson punted 68 times, averaging almost 44 yards per kick. In the Super Bowl III victory, Johnson booted four punts, averaging about 39 yards per kick. Texas Christian is known as the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma State's nickname is the Cowboys, and Tennessee is called the Volunteers.
Answer: Bill Yearby
Yearby, a two-time All-American selection while playing at the University of Michigan, was selected with the 13th pick in the 1966 AFL draft. Knee injuries hampered his career and eventually forced him into early retirement.
Answer: Dennis Byrd
During the Jets/Kansas City Chiefs game, Byrd was going for the sack on Chief's quarterback Dave Krieg. He ducked his head as Krieg stepped up to avoid the sack, and Byrd collided with his own teammate causing a neck injury and paralysis. He had to undergo spinal surgery and rehabilitation but fully recovered. He is the co-author of the book "Rise and Walk: The Trial and Triumph of Dennis Byrd". The Jets have a annual team-voted "Dennis Byrd Award", to the most inspirational player.
Answer: New England Patriots
Over that thirty year span, the Jets had a record of 31-29 against the Patriots, 25-34 vs. the Bills, 23-36 vs the Colts, and 25-35-1 vs the Dolphins.