THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, March 28, 1963
New York Titans become the Jets
With the New York Titans Facing bankruptcy and declining attendance, Harry Wismer sold the football franchise for $1 million to a five-man syndicate headed by Sonny Werblin, president of MCA, and Leon Hess, founder of Hess Corporation. The group announced that the team, which went 5-9 the previous season, would be renamed the Jets. A month later they hired former Baltimore Colts coach Weeb Ewbank to be the general manager and head coach. The Jets, then in the AFL, went 5-8-1 in the 1963-64 season but made strides in '67 and won the Super Bowl in '68.