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The New York Jets, based in the New York metropolitan area, is an American Professional Football team (gridiron). They play for the AFC East division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League. The team is organized as a limited liability company under their legal name, the New York Jets LLC, and plays their home games at the MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  

Although the East Rutherfod venue makes their games outside of New York City, the stadium is just 5 miles west of New York. They share this home stadium with the New York Giants, meaning the Buffalo Bills are the only team that actually plays its home games in the state of New York. The Jets franchise has its headquarters in Florham Park, New Jersey. 

NYJ, as it is commonly abbreviated to avoid confusion with the New York Giants, was originally founded in 1959. At that time, the franchise was named the Titans of New York. It became one of the original members of the AFL (American Football League). 

However, after the AFL-NFL merger, the team established itself as a part of the National Football League. They started playing at the Polo Grounds in 1960. However, in 1963 new owners bought the franchise and they were renamed the New York Jets. In 1964, the Jets moved over to Shea Stadium, which was also the home of the New York Mets. They stayed there for 2 decades before moving over to the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

All About the New York Jets

The Jets have had very minimal success in their lengthy time as a gridiron professional football team. The first time they made the playoffs was in 1968 – which was a very successful season – as they managed to get to the Super Bowl III and defeat the Baltimore Colts. The result made the Jets the first AFL team to defeat an NFL club in an AFL-NFL Championship game. However, since then, the Jets have only made the playoffs another 13 times (making for a grand total of 14 playoff appearances). They have only made it to the AFC Championship game four times – most recently in 2010, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That 2010 season is the last time the Jets participated in any NFL postseason. 

In recent news over the last several months, the Sacramento Kings made the 2023 NBA playoffs. That streak coming to an end actually made the New York Jets the North American sports franchise with the longest-active playoff drought. 

Since 1968, the Jets have never made a return appearance in the Super Bowl, which along with the New Orleans Saints, makes them one of the only teams to have won the Super Bowl on their only ever appearance. They are also one of the only ‘special’ teams to have never won an AFC Championship – along with the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. To date, their drought is one of the longest amongst any NFL franchise. 

The team trains at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, in Florham Park, which opened up in 2008.

The New York Jets Player Personnel

  • Owner: Woody Johnson and Christopher Johnson
  • Chairman: Woody Johnson
  • CEO: Woody Johnson
  • President: Hymie Elhai
  • Head coach: Robert Saleh
  • General manager: Joe Douglas

Don Maynard, a true NYJ legend that signed with the franchise in 1960, developed into a promising player in his second season. However, his first season showed a lot of potential as well. He caught 72 passes for 1265 yards and six touchdowns.

He embodied the team's ups and downs, from their early struggles to their eventual domination of the league and subsequent decline. Maynard's impact on the Jets and the NFL cannot be overstated: he played a critical role in the team's first 13 years. His legacy is one of grit, determination, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Maynard truly left his mark on the game, and his contributions will always be remembered and celebrated by Jets fans and football enthusiasts alike.

His first season was just the first of five 1000-yard seasons. He had a similar season in 1962. His following three 1,000 seasons earned Maynard three AFL All-Star Game invitations between 1965 and 1968. Unfortunately, in 1969 he fell just short of the 1,000 mark – but still got an All-Star game invitation – as the first team All AFL wide receiver.

Although he never made any league-leading numbers after the 1968 season, he was continually among the top talents. Maynard had consistently good seasons. When he retired in 1973, he retired as the league’s NFL all-time leader in receptions and in receiving yardage. Although these marks have been broken many times in the NFL since his retirement, his records remain as the Jets team records to date. Accordingly, his number has been retired with the franchise.

What stands out with Maynard is that his franchise records are still intact a full five decades after his retirement. Following him are Wesley Walker and Wayne Chrebet with 8,306 yards and 7,365 yards respectively. But neither came close to the high standard that Maynard set of 11,732 yards. Sadly, Maynard passed away in early 2022 at the age of 86 but he remains a key historical figure in the New York Jets' franchise.

The New York Jets Main Rivalries

The New York Jets main rivals in the NFL are:

The New England Patriots

The NY Jets have played against the New England Patriots since the start of the American Football League and have established quite a rivalry that spans several decades. It was pretty low key until 1966, which was when the Jets dashed hopes of the Patriots in a season when New England had high hopes. The Patriots pulled one back in the 1985 playoffs by beating the Jets in the Wild Card round – and then going on to beat the Bears and win the Super Bowl XX. 

Heading into the 2023/24 NFL season, the Patriots lead the Jets on head-to-heads, 73-54-1. The rivalry grew in 1997 when Bill Parcell left his New England Patriots Head Coach role to join the New York Jets. When Parcell left in his third year, his assistant, Bill Belichick was inserted as a replacement, but he resigned immediately and took a role with the Patriots. Another major element of the rivalry happened in September 2001, after Jets’ linebacker Mo Lewis tackled Drew Bledsoe and left him with internal bleeding. This was the moment that Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback, leading them to six Super Bowl wins. 

In the 2023/24 NFL season, these two teams will meet on September 24th, 2023 and January 7th, 2024 in the regular season.

The Buffalo Bills

These two teams both represent the state of New York – and this is representative of the difference between Western New York (where the Bills play) and New York City. They were both charter members of the AFL and have been a part of the same division ever since – even after the AFL-NFL merger. 

There have been a few notable moments, including OJ Simpson breaking rushing records against their rivals in 1981 – as well as Rex Ryan leaving the Jets to coach the Bills for two seasons. However, generally, this rivalry is known for uncompetitive games and mediocrity – with numerous blunders. Nowadays, the rivalry has become a little more heated due to a good-natured rivalry between quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold – both selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Currently, the Bills lead the series 68-57. 

The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will meet twice in the upcoming regular season. They open their campaigns in Week 1 against one another on September 11th, 2023. They will meet again on November 19th, 2023.

The Miami Dolphins

These two teams have maintained a strong rivalry since the Dolphins first joined the league in 1966. The best chance the Jets have had to reach the Super Bowl, after their win in 1968, bumped into the Miami Dolphins in 1983.  

The Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets in that historical playoff match-up, securing a victory by the score of 14-0. The Jets failed to score any points throughout the game, while the Dolphins managed a TD in the third quarter with a 7-yard run (Woody Bennett). The Dolphins continued their impressive defensive performance in the fourth quarter, with A.J. Duhe intercepting a pass and returning it for a 35-yard touchdown, securing their victory. 

Another famous game between the two teams was in 1994 after the Dolphins managed an unlikely victory and put a halt to the Jets momentum that year. This proved to be a precursor of the team’s next two disappointing seasons playing under Rich Kotite. 

However, in October 2000, they enjoyed an unlikely win of their own – a game often referred to as the Monday Night Miracle. The Jets were losing to the Dolphins 30-7 at the end of the third quarter – but in the fourth quarter scored 23 points. They went on to win with a 40-yard kick in overtime. 

After Rex Ryan became the Jets’ Head Coach, the war of the words grew and it got a little more heated – and the teams have had some strong encounters since. The Dolphins lead the all-time series 58-56-1.

New York Jets Facts

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New York Jets Nicknames

  • Gang Green

Championships Wins:

To date, the New York Jets have won the AFL Championships (pre-1970 merger)

  • 1968

and the Super Bowl Championships one time:

  • 1968: Super Bowl III

NFL/NFC Conference Championships

  • In the New York Jets' franchise history, they have never won the AFC Conference Championships

Division Championships

The New York Jets NFL team has won just 4 Division championships - the AFL East division titles twice:

  • 1968
  • 1969

and the AFC East division title 2 times:

  • 1998
  • 2002

Playoff Berth Appearances

The New York Jets clinched NFL playoffs spots 14 times since they were first established:

Twice in the AFL: 1968 and 1969

12 times in the NFL: 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010

New York Jets Home Fields

Since they were first created, the New York Jets have had four main home fields:

  • The Polo Grounds between 1960 and 1963
  • The Shea Stadium between 1964 and 1983
  • The Giants Stadium between 1984 and 2009
  • The MetLife Stadium from 2010 until present

New York Jets Pro Football Hall of Famers

Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the New York Jets and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


  • No. Player Position Dates Induction
  • 12 Joe Namath QB 1965–1976 1985
  • 13 Don Maynard WR 1960–1972 1987
  • 44 John Riggins RB 1971–1975 1992
  • 42 Ronnie Lott CB 1993–1994 2000
  • 81 Art Monk WR 1994 2008
  • 28 Curtis Martin RB 1998–2005 2012
  • 4 Brett Favre QB 2008 2016
  • 99 Jason Taylor DE 2010 2017
  • 21 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 2010–2011 2017
  • 68 Kevin Mawae C 1998–2005 2019
  • 22/24 Ty Law CB 2005, 2008 2019
  • 22 Ed Reed S 2013 2019
  • 75 Winston Hill OT 1963–1976 2020
  • 27 Steve Atwater S 1999 2020
  • 65 Alan Faneca G 2008–2009 2021

Coaches and Contributors

  • Name Position Seasons Inducted
  • Sammy Baugh Head coach 1960–1961 1963
  • Bulldog Turner Head coach 1962 1966
  • Weeb Ewbank Head coach 1963–1973 1978
  • Bill Parcells Head coach and GM 1997–1999 1997–2000 2013
  • Ron Wolf Director-Player Personnel 1990–1991 2015

New York Jets Most Valuable Player Awards

In the history of the Super Bowl, they have only ever had one Super Bowl MVP player, which was back in 1969.

  • Season Player Position
  • 1969 Joe Namath QB

New York Jets FAQs

Where Can I Bet on the Jets Winning the Super Bowl?

Can the New York Jets build off of their surprising season in 2022/23, a season where they almost made the playoffs? Winning the Super Bowl feels like a stretch but to-make-the-playoffs futures bets can't be ignored if decent odds are offered. 

If you live in a state where NFL betting is legal then there are now more NFL sites for betting than ever before. Pick your bookmaker, click on Super Bowl, menu, teams and choose the NY Jets. Make a bet on the team’s performance or defensive line – or bet on single-player performances such as how well unrestricted free agent, Kroft, plays on the day. 

Before making a bet, check out the CBS sports location network news, pause and make an educated decision on what bet to make. Read the New York Post, check out Instagram, Twitter Facebook pages etc to get the most up to date information. Make sure you choose a legal betting site first that has been fully recommended. One that offers services such as live streaming, an audio gallery, promo offers and excellent customer service.

Can I Make NFL Fantasy Bets?

Again, there are lots of sites if you live in an area where fantasy betting is legal. Pick a regulated fantasy football site and download draft fantasy filter. Then look for your favorite Jets players. You can start checking out the draft fantasy menu games and put your NFL knowledge to the test. However, be sure to only use recommended, legal and regulated sites before taking part.

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