The New York Jets is a professional American football franchise based in New York Metropolitan Area and competes in the National Football League. The team is a member club of NFL’s American Football Conference (AFC) Northern Division. The New York Jets established 58 years ago on August 14, 1959, and is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, also shares Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants in a unique arrangement for the league. The team was originally founded as Titans of New York before it was legally registered as New York Jets, LLC in 1963.
The team advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 1968 and proceeded to compete in the Super Bowl III where they won against Baltimore Colts. It made the team to become the first AFL franchise to win against an NFL team in an AFL-NFL World Championship game. The New York Jets have had 13 appearances in playoffs since 1968, as well as four appearances in the AFC Championship Games. However, they recently lost to Pittsburg Steelers in 2010. Although, they have never made it back to the Super Bowl making the franchise one of the three NFL teams to win the lone appearance in the Super Bowl together with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.
They won the AFL Championship Eastern Division in 1968 and 1969, as well as AFC Eastern Division in 1998 and 2002. Though, they have never won any Conference Championship. Their NFL appearances were in 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. When NFL and AFL merged, the New York Jets reduced to a mediocre state together with their quarterback, Namath who only had 3 successful post-merger seasons after he suffered injuries that adversely affected his career. They continued to perform poorly before revamping back in the 1980s including their 1982 AFC Championship appearance.
The team’s key rivalries include the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Giants. Their cheerleading squad was formed in 2006 and was originally named as the Jets Flag Crew and was later renamed the Jets Flight Crew in 2010. Some of the club’s current notable players include quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Josh McCown, running backs Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, wide receivers Robby Anderson and Chad Hansen, tight ends Jordan Leggett and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, defensive linemen Kony Ealy and Steve Mclendon. Others are offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and James Carpenter, linebackers David Bass and Freddie Bishop, defensive backs Jamal Adams and Terrence Brooks, special teams Chandler Catanzaro and Lachlan Edwards, reserve lists Jeremy Clark and Quincy Enunwa, and practice squad Ben Braden and Geoff Gray.
The New York Jets in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Brett Favre for the 2008 season and inducted in 2016, Don Maynard for the 1960 to 1972 seasons and inducted in 1987, Curtis Martin for the 1998 to 2005 seasons and inducted in 2012, John Riggins for the 1971 to 1975 seasons and inducted in 1992. Others are Jason Taylor for the 2010 season and inducted in 2017, Joe Namath for the 1965 to 1976 seasons and inducted in 1985, LaDainian Tomlinson for the 2010 to 2011 season and inducted in 2017, Ronnie Lott for the 1993 to 1994 seasons and inducted in 2000, and Art Monk for the 1994 season and inducted in 2008.