5 Unknown Things about the New York Jets According to Bennett Kireker

5 Unknown Things about the New York Jets According to Bennett Kireker


Most people have heard about the New York Jets. Bennett Kireker has followed the franchise since the American Football League’s rival league started back in 1960. In 1968, the Jets had their greatest success of all, when Joe Namath won the Super Bowl, beating the NFL’s Baltimore Colts, just as he had promised. Since then, the Jets have continued to have some fantastic players, including Don Maynard, Namath, Art Monk, Joe Klecko, Wayne Chrebet, Greg Buttle, Brett Favre, Boomer Asiason, Aaron Glenn, Mark Gastineau, James Hasty, Bruce Harper, Keyshawn Johnson, Johnny Hector, Marty Lyons, Mo Lewis, Land Mehl, Curtis Martin, Rob Moore, Freeman McNeil, Ken O’Brien, Richard Todd, Pat Ryan, Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde, Abdul Salaam, Wesley Walker, Al Toon, Ty Law, and Laveranues Coles. Everybody knows all of these things, fans and foes alike. But according to Bennett Kireker, there are also five things you probably did not know.

Bennett Kireker Reveals 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know about the Jets

  1. One of the earliest famous people within the New York Jets, and certainly one of their all time most famous players, was Joe Namath, the quarterback. He was drafted to the team in the 1965 AFL Draft, coming from the University of Alabama. Had he not made the decision to play in the AFL, he probably would have ended up as the St. Louis Cardinals’ quarterback instead, because they drafted him as part of the NFL Draft that same year.
  2. When the original New York Jets franchise started their play, they were called the New York Titans. Although their name was different, they did share the blue and gold team colors.
  3. During the 1998 NFL playoffs, Keyshawn Johnson, the Jets’ wide receiver, took on positions of defensive back, seeing action there and picking up an interception for them.
  4. In December 2005, the New York Jets faced the Patriots. In that time, the team’s quarterback was Vinny Testaverde. He faced Doug Flutie, who was the veteran quarterback for the New England team. Never before in the history of the NFL had there been a regular season match in which two opposing quarterbacks were both over the age of 40.
  5. In 1975, John Riggins was the first player of the New York Jets to gain in excess of 1,000 yards running. He was the team’s running back.

Since day one, the New York Jets have had a solid and loyal fan base. In fact, they are known to be the most loyal in all of the National Football League. Over the years, the Jets have had some fantastic successes, but they have equally experienced some significant lows. Indeed, the team has not always finished anywhere near the top of the league. Yet, the Jets are synonymous with various memorable seasons, games, and moments. Every year, there is some sort of positive story about the Jets in the league, and this is something they, and their fans, take great pride in.

How to support your college sports team

How to support your college sports team

Watching your varsity team play other colleges is one of the most exhilarating aspects of the college experience.

Peter Benedict St Andrews knows this all too well, as he spent countless hours cheering his alma mater on to victory.

As an alumni, he still does, adding a richness to his life that others could desperately use. Want to support your college sports team with pride? Here’s how to get it done:

1) Wear their colors on game day

The best part of the college sports experience is the anticipation that game day brings. The second you get out of bed, slip on the shirt or sweater of your team so you can show it off wherever you go.

If you don’t have an official shirt, sweater, or jersey on you (if it’s in the laundry because you wear it too much, that’s totally cool), wear something that matches the colors that your team wears.

This way, you and others around town who also support the team will be in solidarity as game time approaches.

2) Host a tailgate party

Not able to get tickets to the game, but don’t want to quietly watch the game at home like a schlub? Gather up the coolers and the grill, and get thee to the venue parking lot.

To be honest, be sure to read up on the rules surrounding this, as open consumption may not be allowed where you live.

However, if there are other parties in open view, you should be good to go, so long as you don’t make any trouble.

Invite all your friends along, but don’t be afraid to mingle and meet other compatriots as they watch the game from their own compounds.

Indeed, the best part of tailgating is the shared experience of burgers, beers, and watching your team kick some butt.

3) Bring noisemakers to the game (and use them)

If you manage to get into the game, don’t just sit there with your hands folded like the corporate suits do.

Make some noise to support your team. Again, make sure there is no ordinance against noisemakers, as we wouldn’t want to see you get escorted out of the building.

If you are good to go, bring inflatable thunder sticks, cowbells, a healthy set of lungs – whatever will get your team pumped up and the opposition off their game.

4) Start cheers (or the wave)

As a corollary to the above point, involve your fellow fans in the fun. Whether you choose to go with a simple ‘Let’s go [team]!’, or choose to invent a more creative cheer or taunt, what you start can spread across the arena and impact the game in ways you can’t imagine.

If you are with friends, start the wave with them – when you have a group doing it with you, the rest of the arena/stadium is more apt to join in, creating a fun time for everyone.

Athletes in arenas with an active crowd often fete them as the extra player on their bench, so if the atmosphere where you are watching isn’t up to snuff, do something about it.