The New York Jets are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division.
The Jets share their home arena MetLife Stadium with the New York Giants. The team was founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York and was an original member of the American Football League (AFL).
They advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 1968 and went on to defeat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, becoming the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL World Championship Game. That championship remains as the only one the Jets have ever won and is considered one of the most important wins in NFL history as it gave legitimacy to the fledgling AFL and was a driving factor to the eventual NFL-AFL merger.
The Jets are one of three NFL teams who have won in their lone Super Bowl appearance, along with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jets first entered the NFL in 1970 due to the AFL-NFL merger and have reached the playoffs just 12 times since then, with their last appearance occurring in 2010.
Best Players and Coaches in NY Jets History
The Jets have 17 players, coaches, and contributors featured in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Joe Namath, former quarterback for the Jets, is recognized as their greatest ever player and one of the most charismatic and enigmatic characters in NFL history. Namath was the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) in their 1968 Super Bowl III win.
Namath is known for guaranteeing a Jets’ victory over the Colts in Super Bowl III and coming good on his prediction. Namath spread his celebrity into the pop culture world, having success with endorsement deals, becoming a nightclub owner, television actor and sports broadcaster.
The Jets’ have been consistently mediocre since his arrival in the NFL in 1970 with brief moments of success. The arrival of head coach Rex Ryan in 2009 brought a period of success for the Jets who made two AFC Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. They lost both games, however, to the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. 2010 was the last year the Jets’ would see the playoffs and Ryan was fired in 2014, following a 4-12 record.
The last three seasons have seen the Jets win a combined 14 regular-season games; however, they do have their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold: who they picked third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. They signed All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell in free agency last summer, although the current season hasn’t gone the way Jets’ fans thought it would.
They started the season 0-4 before winning their first game of the year in upset fashion over the Dallas Cowboys. Head Coach Adam Gase is on the hot seat and is hoping to not become the second coach fired this season after the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden.
Injuries haven’t helped the Jets in 2019: Darnold missed several weeks with Mononucleosis, 3rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Quinnen Williams, fell injured in the first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills and All-Pro line-backer CJ Mosley, who was dominating their Week 1 game against the Bills, suffered a groin injury and hasn’t seen the field since. With Darnold back in the fold, do the Jets have a chance at a miracle turnaround, or is it another, “wait till next year” season for the NY Jets?