Friends and relatives of Emerson Boozer gathered at his Huntington home Tuesday to celebrate the 80th birthday of the former New York Jets running back who was a member of the 1969 Super Bowl winner.
Kevin Thorbourne, the town’s director of minority affairs, said, “Not every town has a Super Bowl hero that worked for the community. I worked under him, and it was great. He was a sports hero.
“We were there for him and we appreciate him.”
The Town Board provided a proclamation honoring Boozer, who after his professional football career, opened a bar and then worked as the town’s parks and recreation director. He later served on the town’s Environmental Open Space and Parks Improvement Committee.
During his career with the Jets from 1966-1975, Boozer scored 52 touchdowns, and rushed for 5,135 yards. After a knee injury, he became known as fierce blocker.
Bleacher Report ranks Boozer as one of the top 25 Jets players, citing his versatility.