We set aside our Special Teams Saturday theme this week to tell you about the big week ahead here on the Radar.
It’s time to honor the Jets’ past again, but this time, no, fans, it’s not with navy and gold. It’s with the Green & White that 40 players wore as they shocked the world four decades ago.
The Jets’ Super Bowl III team will be celebrated all week long in advance of ceremonies to honor that band of Colt corralers at halftime of the Jets-Chiefs game at the Meadowlands a week from Sunday.
Eric Allen has been tireless in talking to many of those players on the 1968 Jets and researching the events of long ago. The fruits of his labor will be on display all this week in stories on our site.
You’ll be able to relive the moments in a story on Joe Namath, reminisce with players on the late, great head coach, Weeb Ewbank, return to two pivotal moments in that Super Season with center John Schmitt, and meet up again with Frank Ramos, the longtime public relations director who famously counseled Namath, "Joe, you need to go to the Miami Touchdown Club dinner."
And for the fans who remember the games (and for the fans who don’t), we’ll have our own trip down memory lane for you all week in the form of 16 Radar blogs, one for each of the 14 regular-season games — including the infamous "Heidi" game — and the two postseason epics in that hallowed year.
Each blog will have a recap of the game, the score by quarters and scoring plays, newly researched trivia for each game and quotes from then and now on the men who made it all possible. And the package will be augmented with audio entries from Broadway Joe himself and slideshows bringing back the images of the time.
I’ll post two 1968 game entries every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, beginning Sunday morning before the current Jets’ important battle at Oakland. The ’68 AFC Championship triumph over — wow, how’s this for timing? — duh Raiduhs and the SBIII crunching of the Colts will go live a week from Sunday morning before the kickoff against Kansas City.
And while all this is going on, we’ll keep you posted on the stories on the preparations for the Chiefs and developments in the Coaches Club Auction, which also begins tomorrow and runs through Oct. 27.
All in all, not a week for the weak of heart, but very strong in content on the Jets of the past and present. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
Tags: 1968 season, Frank Ramos, Joe Namath, John Schmitt, Super Bowl III, Weeb Ewbank
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