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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 […]

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy (Sportscaster. Born, Tulsa, OK, Sept. 19, 1924; died, West Palm Beach, FL Aug. 3, 2004.) An icon for generations of Mets fans, Robert A. Murphy started calling play-by-play for the team when it entered the N.L. in 1962. Murphy was one of the three original voices of the Mets, along with Lindsay Nelson and […]

Bob Mischak

Bob Mischak (College and pro football. Born, Newark, NJ, Oct. 25, 1932.) An outstanding all-around athlete at West Point, Robert Michael Mischak was later to play for both the Giants and the Titans. While at West Point, Mischak earned three letters as a football end, three more in baseball, and another in basketball (1951-54). He […]

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 […]

Billy Mathis

Billy Mathis (Pro football. Born, Rocky Mount, NC, Dec. 10, 1938.) A star at Clemson, William Hart Mathis was acquired from Houston just prior to the first A.F.L. season and was a standout running back for the Titans (1960-62) and Jets (1963-69) for a decade. Mathis retired in training camp in 1970 after 1,044 regular-season […]

Art Powell

Art Powell (Pro football.  Born, Dallas, TX, Feb. 25, 1937.)  A lanky 6’2” receiver from San Jose (Calif.) State, Arthur L. Powell played in Canada (with Toronto) and, briefly, Philadelphia before joining flanker Don Maynard as the pass-catching tandem of the A.F.L. New York Titans in 1960.  As a split end, Powell caught 204 passes […]

Dain Paulson

Dain Paulson (Pro football.  Born, Los Angeles, Calif., May 15, 1937.)  In his six seasons with the Titans and Jets, Dainard A. Paulson set club records for interceptions and was twice an all-A.F.L. defensive back (1964-65).  Paulson intercepted three passes in a game against Oakland Sept. 28, 1963, as the Jets won, 10-7, at the […]

Lee Grosscup

Lee Grosscup (Pro football.  Born, Santa Monica, CA, Dec. 27, 1936.)  Billed first as a potential star for the Giants and then as a savior for the Titans, Clyde Lee Grosscup proved to be neither.  Grosscup was the Giants’ No. 1 pick in 1959 after a sensational season at Utah but was dropped in the […]

Larry Grantham

Larry Grantham (Pro football.  Born, Crystal Springs, MS, Sept. 16, 1938.)  A quick and hard-hitting linebacker, James Larry Grantham was a defensive force for the Titans and Jets for 13 seasons (1960-72).  A star at Ole Miss, Grantham played in three bowl games for Mississippi and was sold on signing with the Titans by coach […]

Murray Goodman

Murray Goodman (Public relations.  Born, Pekrokov, Russia, Jan. 1, 1914; died, Toms River, NJ, Mar. 8, 1996.)  Coming to the United States at age five, Murray Goodman grew up into the sports field in the 1920s, the so-called “Golden Age of American Sports,” but once became so disgusted with the business that he became a […]

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