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Sonny Werblin, Weeb Ewbank and Donald C. Lillis
<italics>Fifty years ago, on March 28, 1963, new owner Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans franchise of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets.</italics> Sonny Werblin (left) poses with newly appointed head coach, Weeb Ewbank, and part-owner Donald C. Lillis. Ewbank, former coach of the Baltimore Colts, signed a three-year deal with the Jets.
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Joe Namath and Winston Hill
Joe Namath sits with Winston Hill during the Jets summer training at Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, NY.
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Joe Namath talks to a coach upstairs from the sidelines of a game against the Broncos at Bears Stadium.
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Joe Namath poses with a Macaw named Joe in his hospital room in New York City. Namath was recovering from right knee surgery, which was his second in his football career.
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Weeb Ewbank and<br> Sonny Werblin
Weeb Ewbank (left) signs a contract with owner Sonny Weblin, retaining him as the head coach and general manager of the Jets.
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Jim Turner and Don Maynard
Jim Turner (left) and Don Maynard are presented trophies during a December 1968 game.
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New York Jets
In Super Bowl III, Jets quarterback Joe Namath (12) stands in the end zone before a huddle before starting play against the Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami.
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Joe Namath and Micky Mantle
Jets quarterback Joe Namath (left) and former Yankees star Mickey Mantle pose at Namath's Bachelors III night spot in January 1969.
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Joe Namath and Weeb Ewbank
Joe Namath talks with Coach Weeb Ewbank at the Jets training camp in August 1970.
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John Riggins, who the Jets drafted in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft, led the team in both rushing and receiving his rookie season.
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Steve Harkey hurdles a fallen Houston Oilers at the Houston Astrodome.
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The Washington Redskins gang tackle Jets wide receiver Lou Piccone at Shea Stadium. The Redskins defeated the Jets 37-16.
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New York Sack Exchange
Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, Abdul Salaam and Mark Gastineau pose of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Jets defensive end Marty Lyons gets off the field during the AFC Championship game against the Miami Dolphins in 1983. The Dolphins won 14-0.
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Mark Gastineau dances after making a sack against the San Francisco 49ers in 1983.
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New York Jets defense
Patriots quarterback Tony Eason gets gang tackled by the Jets defensive line.
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Quarterback Ken O'Brien airs out a pass against the Patriots in 1991.
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Jets receiver Al Toon leaps for a catch against the Bills in 1991.
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Bruce Coslet and<br> Boomer Esiason
Boomer Esiason talks with coach Bruce Coslet on the sideline during a game against the Dolphins in 1993.
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Boomer Esiason is grabbed from behind by Henry Ford of the Houston Oilers for a 12-yard loss in the 1995 matchup.
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Keyshawn Johnson and<br> Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells talks to wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson during the first day of training camp in 1997 at Hofstra University.
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Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet dives towards the end zone against the Colts in 1998.
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Vinny Testaverde and<br> Kevin Mawae
Vinny Testaverde takes the snap from center Kevin Mawae during a game against the Chiefs.
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Mo Lewis and John Abraham
Mo Lewis and John Abraham sack Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler.
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Jets running back Curtis Martin eludes a tackle against the Bills in 2004.
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Jets quarterback Chad Pennington rolls out of the pocket during a game against the Colts.
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Brett Favre raises his hands in celebration after throwing a touchdown in Miami during the season opener.
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Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez shakes hands with head coach Rex Ryan as he stretches before a game.
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Mark Sanchez and Darrell Revis
Quarterback Mark Sanchez talks with Darrelle Revis during a practice at the new Meadowlands Stadium in 2010.
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Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson
Rex Ryan converses with owner Woody Johnson before a preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
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