The AFC Eastern Division houses many great football teams with the New York Jets being one of them. The Jets, currently, do not have a stadium they can call home as they are sharing a stadium, in Rutherford, New Jersey, with the New York Giants. However, the opening game of the 2010 season will be held in the anxiously awaited new stadium - the Meadowlands Stadium. Either way, Jets fans anxiously await the '09 season as they have already began purchasing tickets before spring training has even begun.
Before being franchised into the NFL, the New York Jets were know as the Titans and were chartered members of the AFL. It was at this time, in their career, that they became known as a great team, yet did not have the fan base to prove it. They played in a stadium known as the Polo Grounds, but - unfortunately - there were many empty seats at home games. This had nothing to do with their skill, they were a good team, but fans were more interested in the teams on the NFL side of things.
New ownership took over in 1963, which is when the name of the team changed to the New York Jets. At this time, the new owners moved the team to Shea stadium, where they began to attract attention and fans began to gather.
With a new home and name the team began to play as a team; they began breaking records and winning games like you wouldn't believe. In fact, they were the first AFL team ever to beat an NFL team for a championship title, which happened in Super Bowl 3.
Joe Namath aka "Broadway Joe" came to play for the Jets in the 60s; it was this addition to the team that go the attention of fans and the fan base began to grow. Namath was one of the greatest players in his time, so much so that he was the first quarterback ever to throw 4000-yards in only one season. In 1967, the same year of his throwing record, he ended the Jets season with an 8-5-1 record. Then, in 1969, he brought the Jets to the AFL Championship where they won the title.
At this point, in football history, it became apparent that the AFL might be a threat to the stronger of the two leagues - the NFL. Namath led his team to Super Bowl III, which - prior to the game - he promised his fans the win. The Jets came through and made their promise good with a 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts.
After this amazing win, Namath left the team due to knee injuries, leaving them to fend for themselves. Through the years the experienced many ups and downs, but nothing quite as exciting as the win in '69. Finally, in 2008, the team traded their quarterback for none other than Brett Favre.
Favre led the team to many amazing wins and put their name back on the table. With this, ticket sales began - once again - to skyrocket. In 2008, the team was within inches of making it to the playoffs, so there is no doubt that the '09 season will end with a few playoff games.
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