Linebackers

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.

 
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#60 - Larry Grantham

Right Linebacker

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.

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#62 - Al Atkinson

Middle Linebacker

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.

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#51 - Ralph Baker

Left Linebacker

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."

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#68 - Mike Stromberg

Linebacker

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.