New York Jets Tickets : The Jets Have Maintained A Rivalry With The New England Patriots
The New York Jets are a professional Football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York metropolitan area. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).
In a unique arrangement, the Jets share New Meadowlands Stadium (located in East Rutherford, New Jersey) with the New York Giants. The team’s training facility and corporate headquarters, which opened in 2008, are located in Florham Park, New Jersey. In addition, the team holds training camp on the campus of the State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland), in Cortland, New York. The team previously headquartered and trained at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island for a span of forty years.
The Jets hold the distinction of being the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game when they defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
On August 14, 1959, the first organizational meeting of the American Football League would take place.Harry Wismer, who was the representative of New York, was granted a charter franchise that would later be named Titans of New York. The Titans would play at the Polo Grounds during their first three years of existence and struggled financially before a five man syndicate headed by Sonny Werblin saved the team from certain bankruptc. Renamed the Jets, the new owners would bring in Weeb Ewbank as the general manager and head coach. Ewbank and 1965 draftee Joe Namath led the Jets to prominence in 1968 when New York defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III and solidified the AFL’s position in the world of professional football.
When the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, the team fell into a state of mediocrity along with their star quarterback Joe Namath who only had three successful post-merger seasons after injuries hampered much of his career. The Jets would continue to spiral downward before enjoying a string of success’ in the 1980s which, included an appearance in the 1982 AFC Championship game. The early 1990s would see the Jets struggling. After firing coach Bruce Coslet, owner Leon Hess would hire Rich Kotite who sent the team into a complete tailspin leading the team to the NFL’s worst record for two straight years.
Ultimately, this would lead to the hiring of former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells in 1997 who led the team back to relevance and would coach the Jets back to the AFC Championship in 1998. In 1999, owner Leon Hess passed away while the team, led by Parcells, was plagued by injuries that produced a four win record. Parcells later departed and named Bill Belichick his successor who ultimately abandoned the team in favor of the New England Patriots. In spite of this period of instability, the franchise would obtain a new owner in Woody Johnson.
Additionally, though the 2000s the Jets would visit the playoffs five times under the direction of three different coaches. The Jets’ current head coach, Rex Ryan, was hired in January 2009 and a new home field, New Meadowlands Stadium, opened in April 2010.
The New York Jets previously maintained a high tension rivalry against their historically more successful in-town counterparts, the New York Giants that has since ceased in intensity as the years have passed. The pinnacle of the rivalry came on August 17, 1969 when both the Jets and Giants met for the first time, in a preseason game which was viewed as a “turf war” by both opponents The Giants, considered a mediocre team at the time, were regarded as underdogs and were under much scrutiny by the media and their fans. Ultimately, the Jets would beat their rival 37/14 that would result in the firing of Giants coach Allie Sherman.Since then, both teams have formed an unexpected and consequently strong partnership and essentially, without the support of each other, wouldn’t be in the position they are both in today.
The Jets had previously maintained a very heated, “no holds barred” rivalry with the Oakland Raiders. For years, Al Davis had an enlarged photo of Joe Namath at Oakland’s headquarters that depicted the quarterback sprawled out on the ground following a vicious hit from the Raiders defense; needless to say the personal rivalry between Davis and Weeb Ewbank carried over into games between both opponents. Former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham recalled that the Raiders defense often took every opportunity to cheap shot Namath The rivalry would escalate when Ike Lassiter broke Namath’s jaw in 1967.
In 1968, the Jets suffered a stunning loss against the Raiders during the Heidi Game however they would redeem themselves by claiming victory over Oakland in the AFL Championship to advance to Super Bowl III where the Jets would win the Lombardi Trophy much to the ire of Raider fans. Following the merger, the rivalry waned in intensity as meetings between both teams were less frequent. There was a brief period between 2000 and 2002 when the rivalry was revived due to playoff meetings that saw the Raiders knock the Jets from playoff contention. Since the Raiders skid into obscurity, the rivalry’s intensity has ceased.
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