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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 […]

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, […]

Harvey Johnson

Harvey Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Bridgeton, NJ, June 22, 1919; died, Orchard Park, NY, Aug. 8, 1983.)  A fullback at William & Mary and a defensive back in pro football, Harvey P. Johnson made his mark primarily as a placekicker with the A.A.F.C. Yankees (1946-49).  Johnson was one of just four players to make the […]

Century Milstead

Century Milstead (College and pro football. Born, Allegheny, PA, Jan. 1, 1901; died, Pleasantville, NY, June 1, 1963.) Ranked among the best linemen of his time, Century Allen Milstead was a two-time all-America tackle at Yale (1923-24). Unlike many of his contemporaries, Milstead assayed a pro career and signed with the newly-organized Giants. After the […]

Harry Newman

Harry Newman (Pro football.  Born, Detroit, MI, Sept. 5, 1909; died, Las Vegas, NV, May 2, 2000.)  As a triple-threat tailback from the University of Michigan, Harry L. Newman signed a contract with the Football Giants that gave him a percentage of the gate.  Newman justified the deal by leading the N.F.L. in passing in […]

Dave Herman

Dave Herman (Pro football.  Born, Bryan, OH, Sept. 3, 1941.)  Among the unsung heroes of the Jets’ Super Bowl triumph in 1969, David John Herman was asked to play out of position in the two most important games in team history.  Herman was an A.F.L. All-Star at right guard in 1968 but was moved to […]

Don Heinrich

Don Heinrich (Pro football.  Born, Chicago, IL, Sept. 19, 1931; died, Sarasota, FL, Feb. 29, 1992.)  Donald Heinrich was a backup quarterback for the Giants (1954-59) who often started ahead of Charley Conerly (q.v.) to, as head coach Jim Lee Howell (q.v.) put it, “probe the defenses.”  Heinrich played 43 games for the Giants and […]

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 […]

George Pease

George Pease (College and pro football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 18, 1903; died, Dallas, TX, Oct. 23, 1984.)  Overshadowed by his more famous running back teammates, George G. Pease nevertheless managed to establish a solid reputation for himself.  During the first two of his three years at Columbia (1923-25), Pease was basically a blocking back […]

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 […]

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