These Jets begin boarding at the start of every football season. A storied franchise in the National Football League, the New York Jets claim just one Super Bowl title, but its victory over the favored Baltimore Colts (now the Indianapolis Colts) in 1969 was one of the more famous matches in the history of championship. The franchise, founded by broadcaster Harry Wismer as the Titans, was a founding member of the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL when the leagues merged in 1970. Robert Johnson IV, whose family founded pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, has owned the team since 2000.
The New York Jets continue to enjoy a loyal following, but the team has yet to reward fans with the NFL championship title they have craved since 1969. Looking for success on the field, the Jets hired former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as head coach in 2009. Ryan led the team to a conference championship appearance in his first season, where the Jets lost to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets rebounded from the loss and the team's national profile grew during the 2010 season in large part due to the outspoken nature of head coach Ryan and the team's inclusion in the HBO series Hard Knocks. The increased spotlight coincided with success on the field in 2010. The Jets vanquished bitter rivals the Colts and the New England Patriots to advance to the conference championship game for the second consecutive postseason campaign, before losing to the Pittsburg Steelers and failing to advance to the Super Bowl.
The Jets joined with the New York Giants in 2005 to build a new $1.6 billion facility at the Meadowlands in conjunction with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Construction on the 82,500-seat New Meadowlands Stadium was completed for the 2010 season. Sharing a playing field comes as nothing new for the two franchises, which occupied the Meadowlands (also known as Giants Stadium) from 1984 until 2009. As a reward for investing in the new stadium, the NFL announced the 2014 Super Bowl would be played at the Meadowlands, making it the first cold-weather site to host a championship in the Super Bowl era.
Johnson purchased the Jets franchise from the estate of Leon Hess for $635 million. Hess, an industrialist who built Hess Corporation, had taken over the struggling Titans in partnership with Sonny Werblin in 1964. They renamed the franchise that year.
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