Defensive coordinator Walt Michaels melded the three very different styles of play from Grantham, Baker, and Atkinson into one of the AFL's best linebacking units.
#60 - Larry Grantham
Super Bowl III was this original New York Titan’s so-called "coming-out party." In the game, he proved to all doubters that he, as a six-time All-AFL selection, was one of the best linebackers in all of professional football.
#62 - Al Atkinson
He starred in the Super Bowl, suffered a separated shoulder, and refused to leave the lineup. His ever-so-slight tip of a first quarter Baltimore Colts’ pass caused the first of 4 Jets interceptions.
#51 - Ralph Baker
An unsung star in the AFL Championship Game (recovering a lateral that closed the Jets’ victory) as well as the Super Bowl (recovering an early third-quarter Colts fumble). He should be known as "Big Game Baker."
#68 - Mike Stromberg
He played one-and-a-half games in 1968 in relief of an ailing Atkinson, before his knee was mangled and his career prematurely ended. However, his play in those two games was sterling.