The New York Jets are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Originally founded in 1925, the Jets are part of the National Football League (NFL) and members of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
The Jets play out of MetLife Stadium, a venue that they share with the New York Giants. Prior to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the team was known as the Titans of New York and originally participated in the American Football League (AFL) until the league was dissolved almost 50 years ago.
Making the playoffs for the first time in 1968, the Jets eventually triumphed over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The victory was especially noteworthy due to the fact that it was the first time an AFL club had ever beaten an NFL team in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Currently the only title the Jets have ever won, the win was a huge contributing factor for the eventual merger between the two leagues just two years later.
Joining the National Football League in 1970, the Jets have only made the NFL playoffs 12 times, with their last appearance coming in 2010. However, they did make the postseason six times in the ten-year span between 2001-2010. New York has also won the AFC East title twice in their history, taking down the division crown in both 1998 and 2002.
Best Players and Coaches in NY Jets History
The Jets have 17 players, coaches, and contributors featured in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. New York has also retired five different jersey numbers, including the No. 28 which was worn by star running back Curtis Martin. Martin was a member of the Jets between 1998-2006, making the Pro Bowl five times over that time span and leading New York to an AFC Championship Game appearance in his final season with the team.
The most recognizable quarterback in franchise history, Joe Namath had his No. 12 retired back in 1985. “Broadway Joe” led the Jets to their only Super Bowl title in 1968 while also taking down the Super Bowl MVP award as well.
Namath is perhaps best known for guaranteeing a Jets’ victory in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts, which of course ended up coming true. After retiring from football in 1977, Namath parlayed his success on the field into several lucrative endorsement deals while also venturing into both business and acting.
Other than their Super Bowl III victory in 1968, the Jets have yet to find any championship success as a member of the NFL. After a decade of consistent playoff appearances from 2000-2010, New York has not advanced any further than the AFC Championship game at any point in franchise history (post-merger), with their most recent loss occurring in 2010 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While there were many reasons for optimism heading into the 2019 regular season, the Jets have stumbled badly out of the gates and the 2019 is already a lost affair. Le’Veon Bell has struggled to regain his old form after signing with the team in the offseason while Sam Darnold has yet to make a giant leap at quarterback in his second full NFL season. Worst yet for the Jets fan, the New England Patriots are once again dominating the AFC and the AFC East in particular. Still, with several solid building blocks under the age of 25, New York should find a way to get back in the playoff hunt again soon.