- Gerry Philbin
Infobox Pro Football player
DateOfBirth=Birth date and age|1941|7|31|mf=y
Honors=Member of the
All-time All-AFL Team
New York Jets
NFL New York Jets
NFL Philadelphia Eagles
New York Stars
Gerald John Philbin (born
July 31, 1941in Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is a former American football defensive tackleand four year starter from the University of Buffalo (UB) where he earned several honors including second team All-American, Little All-America, and All-American Academic team. Drafted by both the Detroit Lionsof the National Football Leagueand the New York Jetsof the American Football Leaguein the third round of the 1964 draft, he joined the Jets (after a very feeble attempt by the Lions to sign him) and became an immediate starter and perennial All-Pro at defensive end. He played stellar defense for them for nine seasons.
He was selected as an
American Football LeagueAll-Star in 1968 and 1969. A ferocious pass-rusher, Philbin recorded nineteen sacks of opposing quarterbacks in 1968, helping the Jets win the AFL Championship. Philbin was one of two UB players to play on American Football LeagueChampionshp teams, the other being Willie Ross with the 1964 Buffalo Bills. In the third AFL-NFL World Championship Game, Philbin anchored the Jets defense in limiting the so-called "best team in the history of the NFL", the overrated Baltimore Colts, to a measly seven points.
In 1973 he joined the
Philadelphia Eaglesfor one season and finished his career in the short lived World Football Leagueas a member of the New York Starsin 1974 where he joined former Super Bowl IIIalumni George Sauer, Jr, Randy Beverly, John Dockery, and Vito (Babe) Parilli.
Philbin is a member of the All-time American Football League Team.
* [http://www.conigliofamily.com/TitansJets.htm#GERRYPHILBIN Philbin's citation on the American Football League Hall of Fame site] (a fan-created site)
* [http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFLPlayers.htm Full roster of all American Football League players 1960 - 1969]
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