New York Jets Tickets
The New York Jets were founded in 1959 as the New York Titans. In 1963 they were renamed the New York Jets and have been located in the New York metropolitan area ever since. A professional football team, the Jets, sometimes referred to as “Gang Green”, compete in the National Football League (NFL) American Football Conference (AFC) East division. They play their home games at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This is the same arena where another professional football team, the New York Giants plays their home games. The Jets wear green and white colored jersey and are owned by Woody Johnson, who is also the team’s CEO and Chairman. The Jets are coached by Todd Bowles, who has been with the team since 2015.
Recently, the Jets have been going through a rough patch, but with the help of their fans, they have the potential of winning big games in the coming seasons. If you are looking for the New York Jets tickets, they are available here.
The Jets were an original member of the American Football League (AFL). Their first owner, Harry Wismer, attended the inaugural organizational meeting of the AFL in 1959 and convinced the league that the state of New York was ready for another (The New York Giants were established before the Jets) professional team. The AFL granted him his request and the New York Titans were established the same year. The Titans first home field was Polo Grounds. The Titans were unimpressive for the first three years and accumulated debt. On the verge of bankruptcy, the franchise was bought by a syndicate headed by Sonny Werblin.
The team’s new owner made two fundamental changes; the New York Titans were renamed the New York Jets and were moved to Shea Stadium to play their home games. He also made some important managerial level changes and hired Weeb Ewbank as the team’s new head coach and general manager. In 1965, Joe Namath was drafted as Jets new quarterback.
The New York Jets were unnoticeable from 1963 to 1966, however with Ewbank and Namath, the team started to experience a rebound, which could be seen in 1967. The Jets finished their regular season at 8-5-1, their first winning season. They however failed to make it to the playoffs.
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
This quote best encapsulates the Jets success trajectory as the team finally made their mark in 1968.
Super Bowl III
Carrying the momentum forward from their previous season, the New York Jets finished their regular season at 11-3, clinching the AFL East title. Once in the playoffs, their first, the Jets defeated the Raiders 27-23 in the AFL Championship game and advanced into their first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl III was played in Miami on January 12, 1969, and the Jets were facing the Baltimore Colts. The Jets were the underdogs who defeated the Colts 16-7 and pulled something which was dubbed as one of the greatest upsets in American sports history. The Colts were a member team of the NFL and it was then widely believed that AFL teams were inferior to the NFL teams; the Jets broke the stereotype. They also became the first AFL team to have defeated an NFL team in an AFL-NFL World Championship game.
This has been the Jets only Super Bowl appearance and win to date.
The New York Jets in the NFL
With the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the New York Jets were placed in the AFC East division. However, the team has struggled throughout. Since 1970, the Jets have appeared in 12 playoffs and have also won some post-season games, however they have always lost in the Conference Championship games. The last time they made it to the playoffs was in 2010. The New York Jets are among one of the three NFL teams that have only won one Super Bowl; the other two are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints.
The Jets may have not been impressive in the NFL, but there inclusion in the AFC East has given their fans and football fans in general, some of the best games to watch.
The Jets-Patriots rivalry - Fox Sports has ranked the Jets-Patriots rivalry at No.2 on its 2016 list of best rivalries in the NFL. One of the many reasons behind this rivalry is the fact that many players and a head coach have swapped teams. Bill Belichick, who now runs a football dynasty in Boston, was once the Jets’ assistant head coach. Matter of fact, he left the position to join the Patriots as their head coach in 2000. Some of the players that have been both with the Jets and the Patriots are, Danny Woodhead, Darrelle Revis and Curtis Martin.
Unsurprisingly, the Patriots have won more games than they’ve lost against the Jets, but the Jets have always made a comeback. Statistical disparity aside, the rivalry has been fueled by a clash of egos between Bill Belichick and his former assistants working for the Jets. Eric Mangini, a former Jets’ head coach and pupil of Belichick, once sought investigation into what was later came to be known as “Spygate”.
The Jets-Giants rivalry - The New York Jets and the New York Giants are old divisional rivals. While the rivalry has dwindled somewhat, it reignited in 2011 when the two met in a regular season game, which was critical for both to make the playoffs. While the Giants ultimately won the game, the game was marred by trash talk and one incident where players almost came to blows. The Giants lead this rivalry 9-5-0.
The New York Jets, in addition, have fierce divisional rivalries with the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins. The Jets’ fans always look forward to games against their rivals. If you are looking for the New York Jets tickets, you can buy them here.