Namath: I know the players would feel better to have their own home here in the city where we belong. This is nothing against the folks over there in the Meadowlands -- or our fans over in that area. But this is the NEW YORK JETS. We are the Jets -- the NEW YORK JETS, and we should have our team here.
Q)Why do you think that is so important?
Namath: The players would feel better about it, and I think the fans around here -- in New York -- would feel a heckuva lot better about it, too. And there's so much more we could do with the stadium besides just play football....if we get back home here, there will be a lot more enthusiasm. So, we're going to bring them a stadium here, somehow -- right, Jay (Cross)? And the New York Jets will, once again, be a part of New York City.
Q)What did you think of the Jets turnaround last year after the 2-5 start?
Namath: [I was impressed] with the players and their determination, their desire...Oh, you remember how we started out last year. It took a lot of guts to hang together, to stay together and come back.
Q)How much has the game changed?
Namath: When we looked around the locker room and saw these three guys -- Maynard, Mathis and Grantham...Holy cow, man. These guys were playing and they weren't even getting a paycheck...and when they were getting it, it wasn't cashable.