By Greg Prato
J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!Comprised of unique interviews with Jets gamers, coaches, and different figures surrounding the organization, Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral historical past of the Eighties long island Jets is an eye-opening account of a memorable period in a single team's heritage, which additionally takes a step again and appears on the kingdom of the nationwide soccer League as an entire throughout the 1980s.From the occasions that formed the Nineteen Eighties Jets, reminiscent of the legacy of Joe Namath, to their a number of playoff appearances through the decade, each one triumph and sadness is chronicled and supplemented with insider info. different highlights contain examinations of the start of the Jets' competition with the Miami Dolphins; the arguable firing of head trainer Walt Michaels; the line of defense, given the nickname "The manhattan Sack alternate" and steroid use by way of convinced gamers and in the course of the NFL.Featured are unique interviews with Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, Abdul Salaam, Wesley Walker, Al Toon, Ken O'Brien, Richard Todd, Pat Leahy, Walt Michaels, and Joe Walton, between many others.
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You knew exactly where you stood. -"8 3 & / $ & 1*--&34 Walt is a hell of a coach. It affected the team because Walt put a little bit more stability there. Walt gave it a little more backbone. He came with his ideas and whatever his format was, and as being the head coach, he implemented that. We just went from there, and started doing better. + & 3 0 . & # " 3 ,6. ” $ ) 6 $ , 3 " . 4&: I watched Walt play when I was kid. I liked Walt. ” But I thought Walt was a good coach, and he surrounded himself with a lot of good coaches.
Moved to Oklahoma City in junior high, and that’s when I started playing football. I went to the University of Tennessee in ’73, and played five years — I was redshirted there. And got drafted out of there to the Jets in ’78. * $ , & : 4 ) 6 -&3 I’m originally from Enola, Pennsylvania. I grew up playing all sports — my father was a coach. I wanted to be a professional football player. Because I didn’t think there were many guards my size I had to play center most of the time on my high school football team, and in college I had to be a guard.
I grew up playing all sports — my father was a coach. I wanted to be a professional football player. Because I didn’t think there were many guards my size I had to play center most of the time on my high school football team, and in college I had to be a guard. I decided that I wanted to be a Miami Dolphin — I thought that would be a neat thing. So in my high school yearbook, I said I wanted to be a Miami Dolphin. And then I go to college in Penn State to play football. I played there and left Penn State — I was the main receiver there for two of the three years I played.