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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, […]

Johnny Sample

Johnny Sample (Pro football.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 1937; died, Philadelphia, PA, Apr. 25, 2005.)  A flashy defensive back who played the last three years of his career (1966-68) with the Jets, John Sample had a key interception in the Jets’ Super Bowl III upset.  Sample thought about retirement before the 1968 season but starred […]

Walt Michaels

Walt Michaels (Pro football. Born, Swoyersville, PA, Oct. 16, 1929.) For 17 seasons from 1963 through 1982, Walter Michaels was a coach with the Jets. Michaels was hired by Weeb Ewbank as an assistant and served 10 seasons (1963-72). After a brief hiatus with Philadelphia (1973-75), he returned as an assistant under Lou Holtz. When Holtz […]

Winston Hill

Winston Hill (Pro football.  Born, Seaquin, TX, Oct. 23, 1941.)  After a starring career at Texas Southern, Winston Cordell Hill came to the Jets as an offensive tackle.  Hill was signed as a free agent after being drafted in the 11th round of the N.F.L. draft by Baltimore when Weeb Ewbank became the Jets head coach.  […]

Wahoo McDaniel

Wahoo McDaniel (Pro football. Born, Bernice, LA, June 19, 1938; died, Houston, TX, April 18, 2002.) Son of a Choctaw Indian, Edward Wahoo McDaniel was a linebacker who spent two seasons (1964-65) with the Jets. Arriving in the year the Jets moved into the new Shea Stadium, McDaniel became a promotional tool for Jets president […]

Weeb Ewbank

Weeb Ewbank (Pro football.  Born, Richmond, IN, May 6, 1907; died, Oxford, OH, Nov. 17, 1998.)  Wilbur C. Ewbank is the holder of one distinction in sports that can never even be equaled.  He is the only man ever to coach both N.F.L. and A.F.L. teams to pro football championships.  He performed the first half […]

Billy Baird

Billy Baird (Pro football.  Born, Lindsay, CA, Mar. 1, 1939.)  A regular defensive back for seven seasons (1963-69) with the Jets, William Arthur Baird never missed a game in his pro career.  Baird came out of San Francisco State and was signed as a free agent.  He had 34 interceptions in his career (including eight […]

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