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Mickey Shuler

(Pro football. Born, Harrisburg, PA, Aug. 21, 1956.)  Earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at East Pennsboro H.S. in Enola, PA, Mickey Charles Shuler, Sr., was recruited by legendary college basketball coaches Dean Smith and Bobby Knight.  However, after receiving First Team All-State honors following a senior season in which, as a tight […]

Barry Wilner

Barry Wilner (Sportswriter.  Born, Far Rockaway, NY, Apr. 5, 1951.)  An Associated Press sportswriter since 1978, Barry Stuart Wilner has covered a wide range of sports.  Wilner was a tennis writer (1978-79), hockey writer (1980-85) and television sports writer (1985-86) before assuming the Jets beat in 1986.  He is also the A.P. figure skating writer, a […]

Don Williams

Don Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, Aug. 31, 1932; died, Westbury, NY, Sept. 1, 2011.)  A quiet, unassuming presence, Clement Donald Williams spent nearly a half-century covering sports, primarily pro football.  Williams was hired by the Long Island Press in 1950 and worked a wide range of inside jobs at the paper, moving into sports […]

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 Walton

Joe Walton (Pro football.  Born, Beaver Falls, PA, Dec. 15, 1935.)  One of only a handful of men to coach both the Giants and the Jets, Joe Walton was a player and assistant coach for the Giants and then an assistant (1981-82) and head coach (1983-89) for the Jets.  Walton was an all-America end of […]

Jim Trecker

Jim Trecker (Public relations.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, May 14, 1945.)  A leading soccer executive, James E. Trecker was also a public relations official with such disparate organizations as the Jets and Madison Square Garden.  Trecker served as assistant public relations director of the Jets (1969-75) under Frank Ramos (q.v.).  He was the vice president […]

John Riggins

John Riggins (Pro football.  Born, Centralia, KS, Aug. 4, 1949.)  A bruising, 230-pound running back who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1971 N.F.L. draft, John Riggins starred for five seasons (1971-75) with the Jets.  Riggins gained 3,880 yards on 928 carries (4.2 yards per carry) and caught 129 passes in five years […]

Frank Ramos

Frank Ramos (Public relations.  Born, Valley Stream, NY, Aug. 5, 1938.)  The longest-serving public relations representative for a single New York pro team, Frank R. Ramos was the Jets’ head publicist for 36 years (1966-2002).  Ramos joined the Jets in June 1963, as the assistant to Joe Cahill, his former boss at West Point.  Ramos […]

Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton (College football.  Born, Ypsilanti, MI, Jan. 28, 1951.)  Only Red Blaik served longer as head coach of Army football than Robert Eugene Sutton, who also spent eight years as West Point’s defensive coordinator (1983-90).  Sutton served nine years (1991-99) as head coach with a 44-55-1 record.  His 1996 team was the first Cadets squad […]

Matt Snell

Matt Snell (Pro football.  Born, Garfield, GA, Aug. 18, 1941.)  Breaking into the Jets starting lineup as the club’s premier running back in his rookie season of 1964, Matthew Snell went on to become the star of the 1969 Super Bowl.  In Super Bowl III at Miami’s Orange Bowl, Snell carried 30 times for 121 yards […]

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