On this date in New York Jets history, the New York Jets truly became the New York Jets.
Rather, the AFL’s New York Titans became the New York Jets.
On April 15, 1963, new owner Sonny Werblin hired future Hall of Fame coach Wilbur “Weeb” Ewbank, and the Titans of New York were officially renamed the Jets, 49 years ago today.
The man pictured above, of course, is the one and only “Broadway” Joe Namath. In his third season in New York, Ewbank and the Jets acquired Namath in 1965, leading to the Jets’ only Super Bowl title in 1968.
Ewbank was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, after a 20-year coaching career with the Jets and the Baltimore Colts in both the AFL and the NFL, before and after the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.
Weeb Ewbank won two NFL Championships with the Colts in 1958 and 1959, including a win over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship, later dubbed as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
Ewbank is the only coach in pro football history to coach two different teams to championships, and the only man to win an NFL Championship, an AFL Championship, and the Super Bowl.
While it’s tax day to most Americans, and Jackie Robinson Day for baseball fans, April 15 is also a special day in New York Jets history.