In this week’s Ring of Honor profile, we take a look at a wide receiver that played for both New York teams. Spotlight on WR Don Maynard.
He played his college ball at the school now known as University of Texas at El Paso, and was chosen in the 9th round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants in 1957. He won an NFL championship in his one season with the Giants, playing in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” against the Baltimore Colts.
After one year in the CFL, Don Maynard became the first player to sign with the newly formed AFL’s New York Titans, the team that we now know became the New York Jets.
In his first year with the Titans in 1960, Maynard teamed with Art Powell to be the first tandem in pro football history to each gain 1,000 yards receiving, a feat they would repeat in 1962.