Before they were known as the New York Jets

They were the New York Titans. Formed in 1960 as part of the new American Football League, the Titans played at the crumbling Polo Grounds—former home turf of baseball’s New York Giants.

“On September 11th, the Titans took their field for the first time ever at a rain soaked Polo Grounds against the Buffalo Bills,” says sportsencyclopedia.com.

“A disappointing crowd of only 10,200 showed up to watch the Titans win 27-3. Attendance would not improve as the Titans and AFL played in front of empty stadiums all season in the league’s inaugural season.”

So when did the name—and their luck—change? In 1963, the Titans were sold to a new owner. The new Shea stadium was now their home, and the team’s name changed to reflect the jets flying to and from LaGuardia Airport.

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7 Responses to “Before they were known as the New York Jets”

  1. petey Says:

    i like to give my students this bonus question: the jets were originally called the titans. why? (answer: the other team in new york was the giants, it’s a greek mythological reference)

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    And don’t forget, the Titanic got its name from the Titans….

  3. robert Says:

    they changed their name to the Jets BEFORE moving to Shea, not after asticle implies. In their last year at the Polo Grounda they had a mascot riding around the field in a tricycle built like a little Jet

  4. Joe R Says:

    I always thought that they were renamed the Jets to rhyme with the Mets, who also played at the Polo Grounds before moving to Shea. In the 70’s, NYC had the Mets, the Jets, the Nets and (World Team Tennis) Sets.

  5. addie Says:

    I’m with you, Joe R.!

  6. John Says:

    I’m surprised no one mentions the fact the the artwork on the program cover is by the late great Bill Gallo. I recognized his style even before I clicked the thumbnail to confirm it.

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