1st place San Francisco 49ers in town to play the Jets on a cold and windy day at Shea Stadium.
My first "live" Jets game.
The game is "blacked out" in the New York market, so few see the game.
Rumors fly the day before the game that the Jets may activate Joe Namath, who had been out most of the season when he was hurt in the first pre-season game and required what was thought to be, at the time, season ending knee surgery.
My dad, a NYC cop at the time, somehow gets his hands on 2 tickets, knowing that his kid's football hero might actually play for the first time in 2 seasons.
The Jets activate Namath just before game time, although he does not start, and is designated the 3rd QB for the game.
The Jets fall behind 17-0 in the 3rd quarter, QB Bob Davis gets hurt, and Namath comes in to lead a frantic 4th quarter comeback against the best defense in the league.
Unfortunately, the Jets fall short 24-21.
I'll never forget sitting in the stands after the game almost a full 1/2 hour after the game was finished, and the stadium was still packed with people. The buzz was unbelievable.
I think John Schmitt once said it was the greatest game his Jets team ever played and lost.
It is, to this day, the loudest crowd I've ever witnessed for any sporting event... And I was "in the house" for the Rangers Stanley Cup win in '94, a number of the '86 Mets post season wins, and the Jacksonville playoff game in '98.
I'll never forget it, or the fact that my Dad did everything he could to get me in the stadium that day.