Paul “Rocky” Rochester, a defensive lineman on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-profitable group in 1969, has died. He was eighty one.
The group announced Rochester’s dying on its website Tuesday, stating it transpired previous weekend but did not give extra particulars.
Rochester commenced his professional football job with the Dallas Texans in 1960, and played 3-plus seasons with the AFL group that would become the Kansas Town Chiefs. Shortly following staying launched all through the 1963 season, Rochester was signed by the Jets and grew to become their starting up left defensive deal with.
He played 6¹/₂ seasons for the Jets and capped his participating in job by supporting Joe Namath and the Jets earn the franchise’s only Super Bowl title.
“Paul was an underrated defensive deal with who played a key job on the Jets’ Super Bowl championship group,” previous Jets community relations director Frank Ramos told the team’s website. “He was a excellent operate stopper who enabled defensive finishes Gerry Philbin and Verlon Biggs to hurry from the exterior and John Elliott, the swift defensive deal with, to hurry up the center. Walt Michaels came up with a scheme to use undersized linebacker Carl McAdams at DT on passing downs, top the 1968 Jets to have the No. 1 protection in the AFL.”
Rochester retired following the Super Bowl victory and started out his possess business, Paul Rochester and Associates, which bought creating and roofing materials in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He also bought serious estate.
Rochester was born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Floral Park, New York. He was a football and lacrosse star at Sewanhaka High Faculty and went to Michigan Point out. He was signed by Dallas as an undrafted totally free agent and was one of only twenty players to play in all 10 of the AFL’s seasons just before the 1970 merger.
Rochester is survived by his wife Nancy, children Laurel Nielsen and Don, and two grandchildren.