This one is for our older generation of Jets’ fans.
Bob Mischak, a member of the Jets before they were the Jets, has passed away at the age of 81. Mischak was on the roster from 1960-1962, when the team was known as the New York Titans. Bob was the first all-star in team history, and was an all-star each season, before moving on to Oakland to play from 1963-1965 with the Raiders.
After growing up in the tri-state area, in Newark, NJ, Mischak was recruited by Vince Lombardi to play his college football at Army. He was chosen by the New York Giants, with whom he spent his first two professional seasons, 1958-1959.
After ending his play days, Mischak went on to coach tight ends for the Raiders, in Oakland and then in Los Angeles. He was the position coach for Dave Casper, the tight end that played in the Silver and Black in the 1970’s and early 80’s, on the way to the Hall of Fame.
During his tenure, the Raiders made the playoffs ten times, the conference title game six times, and won the Super Bowl three times. Mischak went on to coach in the Arena league, as well as points outside the country before retiring with his wife and family.
Our hearts go out to the Mischak family.