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1972 New York Jets

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: 4.7, Defense: -4.2, SoS: -2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 367 points (26.2/g), 2nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 324 points (23.1/g), 19th.
 Differential of 43 points (3.1/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.0-6.0.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (7-7-0)
 Other Notable Asst.: Buddy Ryan (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Shea Stadium
 Training Camp: Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Namath* 29 7 13 162 for 324, 2,816 yards, 19 td, 21 int, & 6 rushes for 8 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 1st / 1st pick / 1965
St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 12th pick / 1965
RB Emerson Boozer 29 6 10 120 rushes for 549 yards, 11 td, & 11 catches for 142 yards and 3 td New York Jets / 6th / 46th pick / 1966
Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 98th pick / 1966
FB John Riggins 23 1 11 207 rushes for 944 yards, 7 td, & 21 catches for 230 yards and 1 td New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1971
WR Eddie Bell 26 2 13 35 catches for 629 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -5 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 9th / 228th pick / 1970
WR Don Maynard 37 14 14 29 catches for 510 yards, 2 td New York Giants / 9th / 109th pick / 1957
TE Rich Caster* 24 2 13 39 catches for 833 yards, 10 td, & 2 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
LT Bob Svihus 29 7 14 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 19th pick / 1965
Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 53rd pick / 1965
LG Randy Rasmussen 27 5 14 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
C John Schmitt 30 8 14
RG Dave Herman 31 8 13 New York Giants / 8th / 110th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 27th / 211th pick / 1963
RT Winston Hill* 31 9 14 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 145th pick / 1963
 Defensive Starters
LDE Gerry Philbin 31 8 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 19th pick / 1964
Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1964
LDT John Little 25 2 14 New York Jets / 14th / 358th pick / 1970
RDT John Elliott 28 5 12 New York Jets / 7th / 171st pick / 1967
RDE Mark Lomas 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 8th / 202nd pick / 1970
LLB Ralph Baker 30 8 7 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 38th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 6th / 43rd pick / 1964
MLB Al Atkinson 29 7 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 24th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 6th / 84th pick / 1965
RLB Larry Grantham 34 12 10 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 15th / 178th pick / 1960
LCB Steve Tannen 24 2 10 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 1st / 20th pick / 1970
RCB Earlie Thomas 27 2 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 11th / 280th pick / 1970
SS Gus Hollomon 27 4 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1968
FS Chris Farasopoulos 23 1 11 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Howfield 36 4 0 27 of 37 field goals & 40 of 41 extra points
P Steve O'Neal 26 3 0 51 punts for a 39.3 average, 1 blocked New York Jets / 13th / 338th pick / 1969
PR Chris Farasopoulos 23 1 11 17 punt returns for a 10.5 average and 1 td New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1971
KR Chris Farasopoulos 23 1 11 26 kick returns for a 24.1 average and 0 td New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1971

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
62 Al Atkinson 29 MLB 13 13 230 6-2 Villanova 7/28/1943 7 5 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 24th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 6th / 84th pick / 1965
51 Ralph Baker 30 LLB 10 7 228 6-3 Penn St. 8/25/1942 8 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 38th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 6th / 43rd pick / 1964
83 Jerome Barkum 22 te 14 1 218 6-3 Jackson St. 7/18/1950 Rook 4 New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
7 Eddie Bell 26 WR 13 13 160 5-10 Idaho St. 9/13/1946 2 9 New York Jets / 9th / 228th pick / 1970
40 Hank Bjorklund 22 7 0 200 6-1 Princeton 6/5/1950 Rook 1 New York Jets / 12th / 299th pick / 1972
32 Emerson Boozer 29 RB 11 10 195 5-11 Md-Eastern Shore 7/4/1943 6 7 New York Jets / 6th / 46th pick / 1966
Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 98th pick / 1966
88 Rich Caster* 24 TE 14 13 228 6-5 Jackson St. 10/16/1948 2 12 New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
56 Paul Crane 28 8 6 212 6-3 Alabama 1/29/1944 6 3
15 Bob Davis 27 qb 14 1 205 6-2 Virginia 9/15/1945 5 1 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1967
55 John Ebersole 24 14 0 234 6-3 Penn St. 11/5/1948 2 3 New York Jets / 4th / 98th pick / 1970
80 John Elliott 28 RDT 13 12 244 6-4 Texas 10/26/1944 5 5 New York Jets / 7th / 171st pick / 1967
19 Chris Farasopoulos 23 FS 13 11 210 6-0 BYU 7/20/1949 1 6 New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1971
61 Roger Finnie 27 14 1 245 6-3 Florida A&M 11/6/1945 3 4 New York Jets / 14th / 364th pick / 1969
85 Ed Galigher 22 13 1 255 6-4 UCLA 10/15/1950 Rook 3 New York Jets / 4th / 89th pick / 1972
60 Larry Grantham 34 RLB 11 10 210 6-0 Mississippi 9/16/1938 12 5 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 178th pick / 1960
36 Steve Harkey 23 11 3 215 6-0 Georgia Tech 8/3/1949 1 3 New York Jets / 16th / 396th pick / 1971
67 Dave Herman 31 RG 13 13 255 6-1 Michigan St. 9/3/1941 8 8 New York Giants / 8th / 110th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 27th / 211th pick / 1963
33 W.K. Hicks 30 14 3 195 6-1 Texas Southern 7/14/1942 8 3
75 Winston Hill* 31 RT 14 14 270 6-4 Texas Southern 10/23/1941 9 11 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 145th pick / 1963
48 Gus Hollomon 27 SS 14 12 195 6-3 Houston 10/23/1945 4 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1968
3 Bobby Howfield 36 K 14 0 180 5-9 none 12/3/1936 4 4
86 Joey Jackson 23 14 3 270 6-4 New Mexico St. 5/7/1949 Rook 3 New York Jets / 6th / 139th pick / 1972
63 Roy Kirksey 25 10 0 235 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 9/18/1947 1 4 New York Jets / 8th / 188th pick / 1971
57 John Little 25 LDT 14 14 241 6-3 Oklahoma St. 5/3/1947 2 5 New York Jets / 14th / 358th pick / 1970
84 Mark Lomas 24 RDE 14 12 250 6-4 Northern Arizona 6/8/1948 2 6 New York Jets / 8th / 202nd pick / 1970
13 Don Maynard 37 WR 14 14 180 6-0 Rice,Texas-El Paso 1/25/1935 14 7 New York Giants / 9th / 109th pick / 1957
42 Cliff McClain 25 13 4 217 6-0 South Carolina St. 12/29/1947 2 4 New York Jets / 5th / 108th pick / 1970
71 John Mooring 25 14 0 255 6-6 Tampa 5/8/1947 1 4 New York Jets / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1971
12 Joe Namath* 29 QB 13 13 200 6-2 Alabama 5/31/1943 7 15 New York Jets / 1st / 1st pick / 1965
St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 12th pick / 1965
20 Steve O'Neal 26 P 14 0 185 6-3 Texas A&M 2/4/1946 3 2 New York Jets / 13th / 338th pick / 1969
81 Gerry Philbin 31 LDE 14 14 245 6-2 Buffalo 7/31/1941 8 6 New York Jets / 3rd / 19th pick / 1964
Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1964
66 Randy Rasmussen 27 LG 14 14 255 6-2 Nebraska-Kearney 5/10/1945 5 8 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
44 John Riggins 23 FB 12 11 230 6-2 Kansas 8/4/1949 1 13 New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1971
52 John Schmitt 30 C 14 14 250 6-4 Hofstra 11/12/1942 8 8
41 Matt Snell 31 4 0 219 6-2 Ohio St. 8/18/1941 8 0 New York Jets / 1st / 3rd pick / 1964
New York Giants / 4th / 49th pick / 1964
46 Rich Sowells 24 11 4 179 6-0 Alcorn St. 10/27/1948 1 3 New York Jets / 12th / 292nd pick / 1971
89 Wayne Stewart 25 14 1 219 6-7 California 8/18/1947 3 0 New York Jets / 15th / 390th pick / 1969
76 Bob Svihus 29 LT 14 14 245 6-4 USC 6/21/1943 7 8 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 19th pick / 1965
Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 53rd pick / 1965
21 Steve Tannen 24 LCB 13 10 194 6-1 Florida 7/23/1948 2 6 New York Jets / 1st / 20th pick / 1970
50 Michael Taylor 23 14 5 230 6-1 Michigan 9/21/1949 Rook 3 New York Jets / 1st / 20th pick / 1972
45 Earlie Thomas 27 RCB 14 14 190 6-1 Colorado St. 12/11/1945 2 5 New York Jets / 11th / 280th pick / 1970
87 Steve Thompson 27 5 0 250 6-2 Washington 2/12/1945 4 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 44th pick / 1968
29 Rocky Turner 22 8 0 190 6-0 Tenn-Chattanooga 8/6/1950 Rook 2 New York Jets / 10th / 244th pick / 1972
27 Phil Wise 23 9 3 190 6-0 South Dakota,Nebraska-Omaha 4/25/1949 1 2 New York Jets / 6th / 136th pick / 1971
53 Willie Zapalac 24 6 0 225 6-4 Texas 9/1/1948 1 2 New York Jets / 4th / 84th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.7 14 220.6 6-2.0 3.9