There was another preseason game, August, when the Jets quarterback tried to make a play and ended up on the ground with a bad knee. The quarterback was Joe Namath. He threw an interception to Mike Lucci of the Lions and the play he tried to make — not with the ball, but on the ball — was on a Detroit Lions linebacker named Mike Lucci.
Namath wasn’t lost for the season after the resulting surgery on his left knee. But that particular Jets season was lost in that moment. And even though not everything has been bad for the Jets since that August game 51 years ago, a lot has been bad. Things were never the same for Namath in New York and the Jets have been looking for the next Namath ever since, and are now hopeful that they might have found one in Zach Wilson.
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