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Howard Glenn

Howard Glenn (Pro football.  Born, Vancouver, WA, 1935; died, Houston, TX, Oct. 9, 1960.)  A left linebacker behind Larry Grantham for the Titans, Howard Glenn was the only player ever killed during an A.F.L. game.  Glenn died of a broken neck suffered during the first half of the Titans’ 27-21 loss to the Oilers at Jeppeson […]

Pete Flynn

Pete Flynn (Baseball.  Born, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland, Feb. 12, 1938.)  When baseball returned to the venerable Polo Grounds in 1962, Peter G. Flynn found his life’s work.  Flynn was hired by Johnny McCarthy as a lead groundskeeper for the newly-minted Mets.  He also served the same function that fall for the A.F.L. Titans.  When the […]

Al Dorow

Al Dorow (Pro football.  Born, Imlay City, MI, Nov. 15, 1929; died, Okemos, MI, Dec. 7, 2009.)  Although portrayed in later years as little more than a joke, the original Titans were a competitive team in the early days of the A.F.L. and Albert Richard Dorow helped make them competitive.  In 28 games during the […]

John Dell Isola

John Dell Isola (College and pro football.  Born, Everett, MA, Feb. 10, 1912; died, Arlington, MA, Oct. 21, 1986.)  Following three varsity seasons at Fordham, John Dell Isola joined the Football Giants, where he was a regular on the interior line for seven seasons (1934-40).  Dell Isola was a center his first three years with […]

Dick Christy

Dick Christy (Pro football.  Born, Chester, PA, Nov. 24, 1935; died, near Greensboro, NC, Aug. 7, 1966.)  During his brief career with the Titans/Jets (1961-63), Richard J. Christy was the definition of an all-purpose back.  In his first home game as a Titan, Christy returned a punt 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and another […]

Hubert Bobo

Hubert Bobo (Pro football.  Born, Dover, OH, July 2, 1934; died, Sept. 1, 1999.)  An Ohio State product, Hubert Lee Bobo began his pro football career as a halfback for Philadelphia in the N.F.L. in 1957 but spent two years (1961-62) with the A.F.L. New York Titans as a 205-pound linebacker.  Bobo was the middle […]

Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh (Pro football.  Born, Temple. Tex., Mar. 17, 1914; died, Rotan, TX, Dec. 14, 2008.)  A legendary name in pro football thanks to his years with the Washington Redskins (1937-52), Samuel Adrian Baugh was also the first coach of the Titans (who became the Jets in 1963).  An all-American at Texas Christian, Baugh led […]

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