In our continuing Thursday night series profiling the Jets Ring of Honor members, we look at the coach that brought us our only Super Bowl win. Spotlight tonight on Weeb Ewbank.
Weeb broke into professional football coaching with the Cleveland Browns in 1949, working as an assistant under the legendary Paul Brown. He made the move to the Baltimore Colts in 1954, and as the head coach, led them to the NFL Championship in 1958 and 1959. The 1958 game is the one known as the “Greatest Game Ever Played”, with the Alan Ameche touchdown to beat the Giants.
He was fired in 1962, and moved to our beloved Jets in 1963, and in 1968, he coached the Jets to the game we all know and love, Super Bowl III. He is the only coach to win NFL championships and AFL championships. He retired as head coach at then end of the 1973 season.
He was selected as the head coach of the AFL’s all time team, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 91.
Jets Ring of Honor member, coach Weeb Ewbank.