New York Jets Create Ring Of Honor At New Stadium

July 22, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The New York Jets are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, but they have no way to commemorate the greatest players in their history. They changed that this week when they announced the creation of a Ring of Honor that will be a part of the new Meadowlands Stadium.

Five players and one coach make up the first class of the Jets’ Ring. Each person selected was an important part of their own era of Jets football. The prestigious group includes Weeb Ewbank, Winston Hill, Joe Klecko, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, and Joe Namath.

During halftime of their first preseason game with the Giants on August 16, the Jets will enshrine those players and coaches into the Ring. The inductees were selected by a group led by team owner Woody Johnson. The committee will induct new players and coaches each season, and there is no set number of inductees required from year to year.

The creation of the Ring is one more way to bring the NFL spotlight to the revamped franchise. The Jets overhauled their roster in the offseason, adding the likes of Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, La Danian Tomlinson, and Jason Taylor. These new players have seen ups and downs in their career. Now that they’ve all joined the same team, NFL betting odds have set the Jets chances of winning the AFC East at +140.

“We’re coming into our own,” Johnson said during interviews. “We’re becoming who we want to be and who we are.”

Johnson started the new direction of the team by hiring Rex Ryan, and drafting Mark Sanchez out of USC to be their franchise quarterback. Now the Jets are poised to go back to the AFC Championship game they lost a year ago. NFL future betting lines have set the Jets chances of winning the conference championship at +650.

The last time the Jets won a Super Bowl was back in 1969 in Super Bowl III. Namath was at the helm of the team that year, and made the famous guarantee that he would take his team to victory. The quarterback delivered on his promise by passing for 206 yards in the Jets 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts.

Fellow inductee, Ewbank, is the only head coach to win championships in both the NFL and the AFL. His victory in Super Bowl III led to the two leagues merging.

Hill protected Namath during that Super Bowl, and played in what could now be considered eight Pro Bowls in his 14-year career. Maynard was one of Namath’s favorite targets, and still holds a host of Jets receiving records.

Namath, Maynard, and Ewbank are all in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Those setting NFL betting lines for Super Bowl XLV have set the Jets chances of winning their second Super Bowl at +1200.

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