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MetLife Stadium. MetLife Stadium is an American sports stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and serves as the home stadium for two National Football League (NFL) franchises: the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

Fun Facts:

The first TD pass Ryan Fitzpatrick would throw after joining the Jets in 2015 was a 15 yarder caught by Eric Decker. This was the 124th TD pass of his career.

Eric Decker wears number 87 with the Jets, just like he did with the Broncos. Other Jets players who have worn number 87 over the years include Chris Burkett, Laveranues Coles, Pete Lammons, Kurt Sohn, and Ryan Yarborough.

Three Jets players caught a double digit amount of touchdown passes from Mark Sanchez during his time as quarterback for the team: Santonio Holmes (14), Dustin Keller (13), and Braylon Edwards (10).

The New York Jets entered the AFL as the New York Titans, after both financial and on-field troubles, the Titans were sold and renamed the Jets by the new owners.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to start his career out with a record of 3-0.

Bill Parcells is the only person to have coached both of the NFL’s New York franchises, the Jets and the Giants.

Neither the New York Jets or the New York Giants play any of their games in New York, they both play in New Jersey.

Running back Chris Ivory scored 17 rushing touchdowns during his career, eight with the Saints and nine with the Jets, before catching his first TD reception when Geno Smith connected with him on an eight yard scoring toss in 2014.

Geno Smith’s first 300 yard game came in just his third game, the third game of the 2013 season, when he threw for 331 yards in a Jets win over the Bills.

The first six quarterbacks drafted by the New York Jets in the first round were Sandy Stephens in 1962, Joe Namath in 1965, Richard Todd in 1976, Ken O’Brien in 1983, Chad Pennington in 2000, and Mark Sanchez in 2009.

The first TD pass Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw in the NFL was a seven yarder to tight end Kellen Winslow in the first game of 2013 season.

Three people have held the job of Head Coach for both the New York Jets and the New England Patriots; Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll, and Bill Belichick (though he only held the Jets position for one day before resigning).

In 1980, against the San Francisco 49ers, Jets quarterback Richard Todd set the record for most completed passes in a game with 42, this record was broke in 1994 by the New England Patriots’ Drew Bledsoe.

Two players played for coach Bill Parcells on three different teams including the Jets; Jumbo Elliott and Dave Meggett.

The first New York Jets player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season was John Riggins in 1975.

The Jets share their home field, Giants Stadium, with the New York Giants. When the Jets play a home game there, it is referred to on all material as “The Meadowlands” and not Giants Stadium.

The New York Jets were originally known as the New York Titans for their first three years until they were sold to a new ownership group who named them the Jets.

As the New York Titans, the team’s uniforms were blue and gold.

When longtime New York Jets head coach Weeb Ewbank was the backfield coach at Brown University during the 1940s, one of the young quarterbacks he coached would grow up to be a successful coach himself, his name is Joe Paterno.

In 2014, Jets kicker Nick Folk attempted 39 field goals. This was more than anyone else in the entire NFL.

The first three passes thrown Brandon Marshall’s way after he joined the team for the 2015 season were all incompletions. The third one was intercepted by Tashaun Gipson of the Browns. Marshall then caused Gipson to fumble the ball and the receiver finished the play by recovering the loose ball.

In 2009, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for two two-point-conversions in one game.  This happened in a 29-15 win over the Indianapolis Colts and both came in the second half.  The first went to Dustin Keller in the third quarter and the second went to Braylon Edwards in the fourth quarter.

Bill Parcells is the only coach to have coached as an away team in his own home stadium for two different teams. He did this for the New York Giants when they played away against the New York Jets, and then he did it again as the coach of the Jets when they played away against the Giants.

Before moving into the Meadowlands in 1984, the Jets played in Shea Stadium, and before that when they were known as the Titans they played in the Polo Grounds.

December 3, 2000 saw Curtis Martin carry the ball 30 times for 203 yards. This was the first time a Jets player had gained over 200 yards on the ground.

The Jets were the sixth NFL team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would play for. He had previously played for the Rams in 2005 and 2006, the Bengals in 2007 and 2008, the Bills from 2009 to 2012, the Titans in 2013, and the Texans in 2014.

Jets receiver Eric Decker’s first game with the team saw him catch five passes for 74 yards.

The face of the early Jets teams, Joe Namath, chose to sign with the Jets of the AFL over the NFL team that drafted him; the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1967, Joe Namath became the first professional Quarterback to pass for over 4,000 yards.

The Jets beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, which was the first game to be called the Super Bowl, before that it was referred to as the AFL-NFL Championship Game.

Due to injuries, Joe Namath retired at the age of 34 after playing in only four games, ending his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

The four Jets players with a double digit amount of rushing touchdowns for the team during the 1980s were Johnny Hector with 39, Freeman McNeil with 30, Tony Paige with 17, and Scott Dierking with 11.

In a 2008 win over the Bills, Darrelle Revis had the very first quarterback sack of his career when he blitzed from his cornerback position and brought down Trent Edwards behind the line of scrimmage.

In the 1975, 1976, and 1977 seasons the Jets finished with consecutive 3-11 seasons.
In 1980, Quarterback Richard Todd threw a mammoth 30 interceptions.

1981 became the New York Jets first winning season since joining the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL-NFL merger.

The Jets reverted to their classic logo, with a darker shade of green, for the 1998 season.
In the playoffs following the 1998 season, Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson tallied a key interception after being put in the game as a defensive back.

In 2006, when Head Coach Herman Edwards left the Jets to coach the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jets received a fourth round pick as compensation.

The first former Jets player to play defense and make it into the Hall-of-Fame was Ronnie Lott, though he played the bulk of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

Eric Decker had his first 100 yard receiving game as a member of the Jets in the 14th game of the 2014 season when he caught seven passes for 100 yards.

During his five seasons with the Jets, quarterback Mark Sanchez threw 68 touchdown passes. They were caught by 22 different players.

2008 saw the Jets trade a second and fourth round draft picks to the Packers for their first round pick. They then used that pick on Dustin Keller. The Packers would go on to use that second round pick on receiver Jordy Nelson.

The #90 worn by Dennis Byrd has not been officially retired, but it has not been worn by any player since Byrd received his career ending, and briefly paralyzing, injury.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles eight seasons in the NFL, retiring after the 1993 season. His first coaching job was as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997. This came after two years on the player personnel staff of the Packers.

Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie got his first interception for the team in his very first game wearing a New York uniform. This came in a loss to the Ravens in 2010 when he picked off Joe Flacco and returned it 66 yards. This was the 25th interception of Flacco’s career.

In December of 2005, in a game against the Patriots, backup Quarterback Vinny Testaverde played for the Jets against backup Quarterback Doug Flutie for the New England Patriots; this marked the first time ever in the NFL that two Quarterbacks over the age of 40 years old competed in a regular season game against each other.

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