DL Rochester, who played on Jets’ title team, dies at 81

Paul “Rocky” Rochester, a member of the New York Jets’ lone Super Bowl team, died last weekend at age 81.The Jets made the announcement Tuesday on their website.Rochester, who went to high school in Floral Park, N.Y., and played at Michigan State, broke into pro football as an undrafted free agent with Dallas Texans in the American Football League’s inaugural season, 1960.He remained with the franchise when it relocated and became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963. The Chiefs released Rochester in November 1963, and he signed almost immediately with the Jets, finishing the season in New York.Rochester remained with the Jets through 1969, serving as their starting left defensive tackle from 1964-68.After the 1968 regular season, the Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders 27-23 in the AFL championship game, then upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III at Miami.

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