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Paul Rochester

Paul Rochester (Pro football.  Born, Lansing, MI, July 15, 1938.)  After four seasons in the A.F.L., Paul Gordon Rochester came to the Jets as a free agent at the end of 1963 and developed into a mainstay at defensive tackle.  “Rocky” started with the old Dallas Texans in 1960 after a career at Michigan State, where he was an all-Big 10 choice.  He played six seasons with the Jets (1964-69), playing for two division winners and the Super Bowl champions in January 1969.  During his last couple of seasons, Rochester alternated with the smaller, but quicker, Carl MacAdam in situational substitutions by coach Weeb Ewbank (q.v.), which annoyed both players but helped the team.  The practice is now much more common.

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