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Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Sonny Werblin

Sonny Werblin (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 17, 1910; died, New York, NY, Nov. 21, 1991.)  David A. Werblin first gained wide public notice in the sports field when in 1963 he led the syndicate that purchased the bankrupt New York Titans and turned the A.F.L. club into the Jets.  In 1951, Werblin was named […]

Joe Klecko

Joe Klecko (Pro football.  Born, Chester, PA, Oct. 15, 1953.)  Despite knee problems that hampered him much of his career, Joseph Klecko was a standout Jets defensive lineman for 11 seasons (1977-87).  A sixth-round draft choice out of Temple, Klecko was the first defensive player ever to make the Pro Bowl at three positions:  defensive […]

Curley Johnson

Curley Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Anna, TX, July 2, 1935.)  Traded to the Titans by the Dallas Texans during the 1961 training camp, John Curley Johnson became the Jets’ top punter through 1968.  Johnson was originally signed for his versatility, as he had experience at running back and offensive end.  But by 1963, he was […]

Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings (Pro football.  Born, New York, NY, June 8, 1952.)  A top punter who played for the Giants (1974-84) and Jets (1985-87), David Tuthill Jennings then became an outstanding radio color commentator for both teams.  Jennings, who played collegiately at St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.), twice led the N.F.L. in punt yardage while with the […]

Joe Namath

Joe Namath (Pro football.  Born, Beaver Falls, PA, May 31, 1943.)  During his collegiate career at the University of Alabama (under the legendary Bear Bryant), Joseph Alexander Namath quarterbacked teams that lost only three games in three years.  His Alabama teams played in three Bowl games.  In 1965, Namath became one of the most celebrated […]

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