January 1, Assistant Coaches

Ewbank designated Clive Rush, Walt Michaels, J.D. Donaldson and Chuck Knox as his assistant coaches. George Sauer, Sr. retained as head talent scout.

January 1, Training Camp

Jets move to Peekskill, NY (Peekskill Military Academy) for their first training camp.

January 1, Snell Drafted

The Jets selected Matt Snell, FB, Ohio State as their number one draft choice. Snell also drafted by the Giants of the NFL. Snell became the first number one to sign with the N.Y. team. Also signing were Dave Herman and Mike Taliaferro both drafted by Jets and Giants and high draft choices Gerry Philbin and Ralph Baker.

January 1, The Season

The Jets finished last (5-8-1) but were successful at the box office drawing 103,550 for seven games.

March 28, New Ownership

A five-man syndicate composed of David A. (Sonny) Werblin, Townsend B. Martin, Leon Hess, Donald C. Lillis and Philip H. Iselin purchased the New York franchise for $1-million (March 28).

April 15, Ewbank Chosen & Jets to Titans

Weeb Ewbank, who had been released by Baltimore, was named head coach and general manager of the team. On the same day the new owners changed the name from Titans to Jets. (April 15).

September 8, Opening Game

Boston upended Jets 38-14 in the opener at Boston College. (Sept. 8).

September 22, First Victory

Jets won their first game under new ownership as they defeated Houston 24-17 at the Polo Grounds in the home opener. Marshall Starks set AFL record with 97-yard TD return of a missed field goal. (Sept. 22).

November 24, Canceled Games

AFL calls off game on day of national mourning for President John F. Kennedy. (Nov. 24).

December 1, Shutout

Jets record first shutout in their history, a 17-0 blanking of Kansas City at the Polo Grounds. (Dec. 1).

All Time Roster

1963 New York Jets

Season Record: 5-8-1
09/08/63 @ Boston 14-38 09/22/63 Houston 24-17
09/28/63 Oakland 10-7 10/05/63 Boston 31-24
10/13/63 @ San Diego 20-24 10/20/63 @ Oakland 26-49
10/26/63 Denver 35-35 11/02/63 San Diego 7-53
11/10/63 @ Houston 27-31 11/17/63 @ Denver 14-9
12/01/63 Kansas City 17-0 12/08/63 Buffalo 14-45
12/14/63 @ Buffalo 10-19 12/22/63 @ Kansas City 0-48
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1963 Pro Bowlers

LB James (Larry) Grantham
RB Bill Mathis
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