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Throwback Thursday: New York Jets Achieve League “Independence”

By Alan Schechter

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath (center) and former New York Giants quarterback Phill Simms (left) join NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

OK, let me tell you where I went with this week’s Throwback Thursday, before we get to it. It’s Independence Day, where our country celebrates its independence. Well, I was thinking about how that translated to football, and I thought of the AFL-NFL merger.

As the merger came closer and closer, the feeling was that the teams of the NFL were far superior to the teams in the AFL. The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls fairly easily over the Chiefs and the Raiders. Then came the Jets, who guaranteed they would beat the Colts, and they did. So, in a sense, they declared independence from the AFL by performing better than any AFL team to date.

OK it might be a stretch, but I was trying to relate the holiday to the team.

So, for this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday”, we get back to that Joe Namath led squad, and look at highlights from their coming out party, Super Bowl III. We bring you the highlights, broken into three parts. Enjoy!