New York Jets: 25 Greatest Players In Franchise History; All-Time Team


7. Gerry Philbin, DE #81

  • 1964-1972
  • Super Bowl III Champion, Ring of Honor, 2-Time 1st Team All-Pro, 2 Pro Bowls

Of all the big names who took part in Super Bowl III, one guy seems to always get the short end of the stick.

His name is Gerry Philbin, and he was the guy who led the top unit on that fateful day for the AFL and NFL.

Philbin’s defense shutdown the high powered Baltimore Colts offfense all game long. A late Baltimore touchdown was the only blemish.

In 1968, playing a 14-game schedule, Philbin led the Jets with an unofficial 14.5 sacks. If it hadn’t been the NFL way of not understand the stat of the sack back then, Philbin would most likely be the organization’s all-time leader.

Philbin was also the ring-leader behind the scenes as it dealt with encouraging a young Namath to cut out the nonsense and assume a much-welcomed leadership role of the squad.


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