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VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBS 2) – It was 1969 when the Jets won their first and only Super Bowl.
It was an underdog matchup as Quarterback Joe Namath led the Gang Green to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts.
That was Super Bowl III. Now, the NFL has two games—Jets v. Steelers and Packers v. Bears—before Super Bowl XLV, and if Dave Herman has anything do with it, his Jets will win and bring home something he has: a Super Bowl ring.
Herman was the starting right tackle on the ’69 Jets and still sports a Kelly green Jets shirt.
“Well, we had a bunch of guys that liked each other, and a bunch of guys who were willing to do the work to make it happen. I see more of that on this team than I have in the past,” Herman said.
Once a Jet, always a Jet, Herman said, and his Westchester home will show exactly that with photos and memorabilia from his career along with his No. 67 jersey.
“Well, I got memories, that’s what we got,” Herman said.
One of his prized possessions is the Super Bowl III final score photo.
Those Jets knocked off the favorite and practically created the modern NFL, and when Herman talks about what an assistant coach on that team, Buddy Ryan, drilled into them, he could be talking about current Jets coach: Rex Ryan—Buddy’s son.
“He set the attitude that this is not the Jets game. This is your game,” Herman said. “We win our game and then there’s enough guys winning their game and then the team wins.”