The history of the New York Jets American football team began in 1959 with the founding of the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League (AFL). The team had little success in its early years. Harry Wismer, representing the city of New York at the meeting, proclaimed the state was ready for another professional football team and that he was more than capable of running the daily operations. Wismer was granted the charter franchise later dubbed the Titans of New York as Wismer explained, “Titans are bigger and stronger than Giants.” He secured the Titans’ home field at the decrepit Polo Grounds, where the team struggled financially and on the field during its first three years. By 1962, the debt continued to mount for Wismer, forcing the AFL to assume the costs of the team until season’s end.
He secured the Titans’ home field at the decrepit Polo Grounds, where the team struggled financially and on the field during its first three years. By 1962, the debt continued to mount for Wismer, forcing the AFL to assume the costs of the team until the season’s end.
A five-man syndicate, headed by Sonny Werblin, saved the team from certain bankruptcy, purchasing the lowly Titans for $1 million. Werblin renamed the team the New York Jets since the team would play in Shea Stadium near LaGuardia Airport.
The team was founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York, an original member of the American Football League (AFL); later, the franchise joined the NFL in the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. The team began to play in 1960 at the Polo Grounds.
1970 – Present / National Football League
1960 – 1969 / American Football League
1963 – Present / New York Jets
1960 – 1962 / Titans of New York
Titans – “Titans of New York” is another name for giants. One of the few team nickname that does not have the city first trailed by the nickname.
Super Bowl 0
AFL Championships 0
2011 – Present / MetLife Stadium
2010 / New Meadowlands Stadium
1984 – 2010 / Giants Stadium
1964 – 1983 / Shea Stadium
1960 – 1963 / Polo Grounds
2000 – Present / Woody Johnson
1999 – 2000 / Estate of Leon Hess
1977 – 1999 / Leon Hess
1964 – 1977 / Leon Hess, Sonny Werblin, Phil Iselin
1960 – 1964 / Harry Wismer
12 / Joe Namath
13 / Don Maynard
28 / Curtis Martin
73 / Joe Klecko
90 / Dennis Byrd
– / Weeb Ewbank
*Blue is this team’s history