Ranking Every New York Jets Season in Franchise History

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Ranking Every New York Jets Season in Franchise History

2012 marks the 53rd season in the history of the Jets franchise.  

Although there has been only one Super Bowl in the past 52 years, the memories this franchise has given three generations of New York Jets fans have been priceless.

There have been improbable triumphs, mind-blowing collapses and a legacy that fans are proud to call their own.

Jets fans are stringently loyal, and no matter how many times the team messes up the draft, hires the wrong coach or gets "oh so close" to the Super Bowl, they will never give up. Their faith may waver, but they won't leave this franchise. They have too much invested.

The eras run together in a colorful concoction of thrilling highs and terrible lows. There were the New York Titans, Broadway Joe, the dreadful 1970s, the New York Sack Exchange, the Rich Kotite disaster, the Bill Parcells revival, the new millennium, Herm and Mangenius and now Rex and Revis Island.

The franchise started in the Polo Grounds, went on to the rollicking Shea Stadium days, then to the Meadowlands and now a new home in MetLife Stadium. The memories created in each stadium were distinct and vivid.

Leon Hess once famously said, "I'm 80 years old, I want results now."

 No matter what age any Jets fan is, they know exactly how he felt when he said that.

As the Jets prepare for their 53rd season, one can only hope that they will be writing a new page in team history; that they will finally come through on that Super Bowl promise we aren't talking about anymore.

Maybe one day, the names of Revis, Mangold, Sanchez and Harris will be up there next to Snell, Maynard, Grantham and Boozer.  But nobody will by up there with Namath.

This slideshow takes a deeper look at every Jets' season in franchise history by ranking them in order of worst to best.  The top and bottom seasons are easy to predict, but the 50 seasons in between are the scariest roller coaster ride you have ever been on.     

There's a "Jets' Fans Agony Index" to rate the heartbreak from 0-100 for each season along the way to help guide you. Hang on; this is a bumpy ride.

But one that no proud Jets fan would trade for anything. 

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