In our Thursday night Ring of Honor spotlight, we take a look at a talented defensive end that was pivotal on the Jets team that went to and won Super Bowl III. Spotlight tonight on Gerry Philbin.
Philbin actually played defensive tackle in his four years of collge at the University of Buffalo, earning many honors including second team All-American.
He was chosen in the third round of both the AFL and NFL draft, by the Jets and the Lions respectively. Thankfully for Jets fans, he chose the Jets, as he became an immediate starter at defensive end and a perennial all-AFL team in his 9 years in the league.
For the 1968 championship team, Gerry Philbin recorded 14.5 sacks(unofficial, sacks were not recorded back then), and was an anchor of the defense that held the Colts to 7 points in Super Bowl III. He played one year for the Eagles (1973) before ending his career with the New York Stars of the World Football League (1974). He was named an All-WFL player in that final professional season.
He made the AFL All Star game in 1968 and 1969, and was first team all AFL in each of those seasons. He was second team all AFL in 1967, and is a member of the all time AFL team.
A great player on a great team, Ring of Honor member Gerry Philbin.