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Weeb Ewbank's 1965 New York Jets Playbook

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Having taken a struggling Baltimore Colts franchise from the depths of the NFL to two world championships, Weeb Ewbank engineered a similar transformation with the New York Jets. This playbook was composed and issued by Ewbank before the 1965 season, Ewbank’s third at the helm. A rare find in the circles of gridiron relics, this voluminous keepsake provides a complete and comprehensive view of the tactics of the only coach to win NFL and AFL championships. Of note are multiple pages of typewritten text on “Gotham Football Club, Inc.” letterhead. Additionally, there are many handwritten notations on guidelines pages. There are, of course, multiple tabbed sections of play diagrams. The contents are all secured in a three-ring binder, just as they were when presented at training camp back in 1965. More on our website.

Of particular interest are underlined passages, such as “SIGN ALL AUTOGRAPHS POSSIBLE” in the section addressing player conduct. A handwritten addendum in this section reads: “Characters: “Go-Tees” “Sideburns” Etc. are generally 1st one to leave.”

Included are two original photographs of Ewbank with the original recipient of this memento, including one with the actual playbook in full view.

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