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Woody Johnson had a plan to make the Jets New York City’s team — to actually have a stadium within the confines of the island of Manhattan. It would have been a move that would have differentiated the Jets from the New York Giants, who would have remained in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The deal eventually was rejected by New York State, to publicly fund the construction on the West Side of Manhattan. This forced Woody to make a deal with the Giants franchise and cohabit a new stadium in the Meadowlands Complex.

This would become MetLife Stadium. If the West Side stadium had been funded, there is no doubt it would have propelled the popularity of the Jets and may have changed the course of Woody’s ownership tenure.


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