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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 […]

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 […]

Jim Kensil

Jim Kensil (Pro football.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 19, 1930; died, Massapequa, NY, Jan. 16, 1997.)  A sportswriter-cum-football executive, James Kensil served just over 11 years as president of the Jets.  A Penn man, Kensil was a sportswriter from 1954-61, primarily with the Columbus (O.) Dispatch and The Associated Press.  He then served as publicity […]

Woody Johnson

Woody Johnson (Football.  Born, East Brunswick, NJ, Apr. 12, 1953.)  Scion of the family that founded Johnson & Johnson, the worldwide health care company, Robert Wood Johnson IV emerged as a major force in the New York sports community Jan. 11, 2000, when he became the new owner of the Jets.  Johnson was unanimously approved […]

Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson (Pro football.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 1972.)  After 216 pass receptions in his first three seasons, Keyshawn Johnson established himself as one of the premier receivers in the N.F.L.  His receptions were good for 2,938 yards (13.6 per catch) and 23 touchdowns.  Following an all-America career at Southern California, Johnson was […]

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 […]

Rich Kahn

Rich Kahn (Public address.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 27, 1951.)  A television public relations executive, Richard A. Kahn served as the Jets public address announcer for 19 seasons (1983-2001).  Kahn’s first season was the team’s last at Shea Stadium.  His tenure was the longest in that job ever for the Jets.  Kahn also did public […]

Marty Lyons

Marty Lyons (Pro football. Born, Takoma Park, Md., Jan. 15, 1957.) A first-round draft pick of the Jets (14th overall) in 1979, Marty Lyons was a defensive tackle and end for 11 seasons (1979-89). Lyons played 147 games for the Jets, 135 as a starter, and had probably his best season in 1988, when he […]

Ed Ingles

Ed Ingles (Sportscaster.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 25, 1932.)  A pioneer in radio reporting from clubhouses and locker rooms, Edward H. Ingles was sports director for WCBS Radio for 23 years (1973-96).  Ingles, who was also the station’s morning sports news voice, was among the first to venture in the dressing room for post-game […]

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