One of Joe Namath's most reliable protectors during the Jets' only Super Bowl season was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Tackle Winston Hill was honored posthumously as part of the Centennial Class, which was launched on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the league and votes in 15 new members who may have been overlooked in the past – 10 players from at least 25 years, three contributors and two coaches.
Hill, who died at the age of 74 in 2016, played 14 seasons for the Jets and was the first left duel to protect Namath's blindside in Super Bowl III when the Jets shocked the Baltimore Colts to win their only championship.
Ironically, it was the Colts that intersected Hill, her 11-round draft pick in the 1963 draft, and delivered it to Texas-based jets in the same season.
Arriving in New York, Hill became a hit in 195 consecutive games – a franchise record for offensive linemen – and kept this series alive even after a broken leg in the 1965 preseason. He made eight All-Star games, four Pro Bowls and four AFL All-Star teams, which is also considered a team record.
Despite its place in the Jets tradition, the hall never called.
"He was fantastic, a great team mate and a great guy," said former team mate and security guard Randy Rasmussen on the Jets website. "The Hall of Fame has finally opened its doors and we are very happy that they did."
Hill joins George Young, the Giants' Super Bowl architect, who presented Big Blue with two titles in the entry class, which was fully announced on Wednesday. Former head coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson, who won the Super Bowl, learned that they had been elected to the hall during the NFL playoffs last week.
The 25-member election committee included several journalists, including Bill Belichick and John Madden.
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