The New York Jets were originally founded in 1959 as the Titans of New York, as they were originally apart of the AFL, and then joined the NFL in the 1970 AFL-NFL merge. Fun Fact: the Jets got their team name because Sonny Werblin, who was one of five men to purchase the franchise chose to name the team the Jets because it rhymed with the New York Mets who they shared a stadium with at the time with both teams playing in Shea Stadium. As of 2021, the Jets have only won one Super Bowl title, and that came in 1969 where they defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Joe Namath, Ken O’Brien, Pat Leahy, Curtis Martin, Kerry Rhodes, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we’ve discovered that some of these Jets jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Jets jerseys that have been sold to date:
5. Signed Kerry Rhodes Jersey – $22
Kerry Rhodes is a man that can do it all, he’s an actor and he was a NFL player, truly a man of many talents. Rhodes was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In his rookie campaign, Rhodes was able to make a name for himself in the league as he recorded a total of 108 total tackles with 85 of those tackles being solo tackles, he recorded a singular sack, he recorded a singular interception, and he also recorded 9 pass reflections and a forced fumble. Rhodes was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2005, and he was also named to the Second-team All-Pro in 2006. He finished his NFL career with a total of 608 tackles, 13 sacks, 23 interceptions, and 8 forced fumbles. His jersey was sold as part of the Pristine Auctions as the jersey sold for $22.
4. 1991 Pat Leahy Game Worn Jersey – $290
Pat Leahy was able to define longevity with a single team for NFL kickers as he is the Jets all-time leader in games played with a total of 250, and he was able to earn a total of 1,470 points in his career with the Jets. Fun Fact: Leahy is the only kicker in franchise history to be named to an All-Pro team which he did just that in 1978. Back then being a kicker was more tough due to their being very little indoor stadiums, stadiums that had horrible field conditions, and stadiums with zany wind conditions, and even with all of these Leahy was still able to have a success rate of 73% with his field goals. His jersey was sold as part of the Grey Flannel Auctions as the jersey was sold for $290.
3. 2004 Curtis Martin Game Worn Jersey – $657
Curtis Martin is arguably one of the greatest running backs to have ever played the game and he is also considered to be the most underrated running back in NFL history. When Martin first arrived on the scene in New York, he instantly became the team’s workhorse. At age 31, Martin had his best season in 2004, where he was named to the first-team All-Pro as he led the league in carries, rushing yards, and touches, as he carried the ball 371 times for a total of 1,697 rushing yards, he was able to score 12 touchdowns as well, and he had a total of 412 touches on the year. Martin had the potential to be the all-time leader in rushing yards, but unfortunately his career was cut short due to injuries. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $657 and was sold on May 16th, 2015.
2. 1990 Ken O’Brien Game Worn Jersey – $763
Ken O’Brien was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Jets, and at the time many fans were disappointed in the pick as all-time great Dan Marino was thought to be the pick, but he ended up going three picks later. O’Brien was able to prove to the fans that he was here to stay with his play as he was the highest rated quarterback in 1985, as he finished that season with a rating of 96.2. Fun fact: O’Brien led the NFL in lowest rate of interceptions in 1985, 1987, and in 1988. O’Brien was also the very first quarterback to have passed for a total of 400 or more yards (431) in a game against the Seattle Seahawks in 1986. His jersey was sold as part of the Grey Flannel Auctions as the jersey was sold for $763.
1. 1976 Joe Namath Game Worn Jersey – $18,600
Joe Namath, also known as “Broadway Joe” is considered to be the greatest player to have ever put on a New York Jets uniform, as he played the most important position on the field for the Jets for 12 seasons. Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl title in 1969 where they defeated the Baltimore Colts. Namath was able to throw for 206 total yards in that game and he was named the Super Bowl III Most Valuable Player. In his career, Broadway Joe was named to 5 different Pro Bowl teams and he was named to the first-team All-Pro in 1968. Broadway Joe ended his career with a total of 27,663 passing yards and 173 touchdowns. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and even to this day he is still considered to be one of the most entertaining figures to have ever picked up a football. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey was sold for $18,600 and was sold on August 30th, 2020.