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Bob Tisch

Bob Tisch (Executive.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 29, 1926; died, New York, NY, Nov. 15, 2005.) Long a leader of New York’s cultural, educational, and charitable community, Preston Robert Tisch joined the elite of professional sports ownership in Feb. 1991. Achieving a life-long ambition, he purchased half of the Football Giants franchise from Tim Mara […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ray Handley

Ray Handley (Pro football.  Born, Artesia, NM, Oct. 8, 1944.)  When Bill Parcells left after the 1990 season (and its climactic conclusion with Super Bowl XXV), Robert Ray Handley was given the unenviable task of succeeding him as head coach of the Giants.  Handley, a Stanford graduate who was a long-time assistant (1984-90) under Parcells, […]

Ernie Palladino

Ernie Palladino (Sportswriter.  Born, White Plains, NY, Apr. 13, 1955.)  While an undergraduate at Fordham, Ernest Andrew Palladino began his career with the old Daily Argus of Mount Vernon, N.Y., in 1976.  He eventually became the paper’s sports editor.  In 1981, Palladino was shifted to the principal paper of the Gannett Westchester group, The Reporter […]

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 […]

Sam DeLuca

Sam DeLuca (Pro football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 2, 1936; died, Pelham, NY, Sept. 13, 2011.)  After a career as an offensive guard with the Chargers (starting in Los Angeles in 1960), Samuel Frank DeLuca came to the Jets for three seasons (1964-66).  DeLuca was to have another, longer career as a color commentator on […]

Kerry Collins

Kerry Collins (Pro football. Born, Lebanon, PA, Dec. 30, 1972.)  Kerry Michael Collins first became a nationally-known name as the starting quarterback for Penn State’s 12-0 team, which he led to victory in the 1995 Rose Bowl (38-20 over Oregon).  In that year’s N.F.L. draft, Collins was a first-round pick (No. 5 overall) by Carolina.  […]

Don (Babe) Chandler

Don (Babe) Chandler (Pro football.  Born, Council Bluffs, IA, Sept. 9, 1934; died, Tulsa, OK, Aug. 11, 2011.)  A fifth-round draft choice of the Football Giants in 1956, Donald G. Chandler was an excellent punter and later placekicker.  Chandler helped the Giants win the N.F.L. championship in his rookie year.  He led the league in […]

Ralph Baker

Ralph Baker (Pro football.  Born, Lewistown, PA, Aug. 25, 1942.)  One of the earliest of the Penn State linebackers to become a successful pro, Ralph Robert Baker was a sixth-round pick of the A.F.L. Jets in 1964.  Baker’s finest season at left linebacker was 1968, when he recovered key fumbles in both the A.F.L. championship […]

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