New York Jets History

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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New York Jets history has seen its share of victories and defeats. Its highest point was unquestionably the 1968 season, when the Jets, formerly the New York Titans, predicted, then delivered, a championship in Super Bowl III over the favored Baltimore Colts. It wasn't the team that assured victory so much as its quarterback, Joe Namath, who three years earlier had been awarded Rookie of the Year honors.

The early 1980s saw another period of success in New York Jets history, only this time it was the team's vaunted defense that made headlines. Led by Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko, who totaled over 40 sacks between them, the defense earned the witty and appropriate moniker The New York Sack exchange. Despite its outstanding performance, though, the team bowed to division rivals the Miami Dolphins in the 1982 AFC title game.

Modern New York Jets History

More recent New York Jets history has not been quite as kind. After years and years of mediocrity, the Jets finally landed in the basement of the AFC East. At that nadir, the team went out and traded several of its brightest prospects for coach Bill Parcells, who had made his name with the New York Giants by leading them to a Super Bowl roughly a decade earlier.

Parcells was able to steer the Jets back on course and even took them to a 12-4 record in 1998. They were eventually defeated by a better Denver Broncos team, but not before knocking off some of the AFC's strongest franchises. Today, the Jets continue their boom and bust cycles, making it challenging (and often depressing) to count oneself as a true New York Jets fan.


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