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Rich Kotite

Rich Kotite (Pro football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 13, 1942.) Though largely remembered for two disastrous seasons as head coach of the Jets, Richard Edward Kotite was a record-setting receiver at Wagner and did two tours as a player for the Giants. Kotite transferred to Wagner from Miami (O.) and, at the time of his […]

Woody Johnson

Woody Johnson (Football.  Born, East Brunswick, NJ, Apr. 12, 1953.)  Scion of the family that founded Johnson & Johnson, the worldwide health care company, Robert Wood Johnson IV emerged as a major force in the New York sports community Jan. 11, 2000, when he became the new owner of the Jets.  Johnson was unanimously approved […]

Leon Hess

Leon Hess (Pro football.  Born, Asbury Park, NJ, Mar. 13, 1914; died, New York, NY, May 7, 1999.)  While he became distinguished as a benevolent owner in his later years, Leon Hess was the junior partner in the five-man syndicate that purchased the bankrupt Titans of the American Football League in 1963.  Hess was also […]

Steve Gutman

Steve Gutman (Executive.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Jan. 24, 1935.)  After being named Jets president June 14, 1988, succeeding the late Jim Kensil, Steve Gutman became one of the most respected chief executives in the N.F.L.  Upon the death of owner Leon Hess (May 7, 1999), Gutman was named in the owner’s Will to assist […]

Charles Dolan

Charles Dolan (Executive.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 16, 1926.)  One of the acknowledged pioneers of the cable television industry, Charles Francis Dolan has also become one of the most important forces in New York sports.  Dolan founded the original Sterling Manhattan cable system in 1961.  After being involved in the formation of several important cable […]

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll (Pro football.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Sept. 15, 1951.)  Head coach of the Jets for the 1994 season, Pete Carroll was the field boss for two days less than a year.  He replaced his long-time friend Bruce Coslet on Jan. 7, 1994, after an 8-8 season.  Carroll was the first man hired for Coslet’s […]

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