The Town Board Tuesday honored Emerson Boozer, former star with the New York Jets who recently retired from service to the Town of Huntington.
Boozer, a star running back who helped the Jets win Super Bowl III in 1969, retired from football, eventually opening a bar in Huntington Station, Em Boozer’s Pub 32. He later went to work for the town in 1986 as deputy parks and recreation director and was appointed director a year later.
He retired from the parks department in 2005 and later served on the town’s Environmental Open Space and Parks Improvement (EOSPA) Committee.
The turf field at Manor Field Park in Huntington Station was named for him in 2016.
Under Boozer, Town Councilwoman Joan Cergol, said, the town opened its first skate park, in Greenlawn, started an ice-skating camp and established other camps throughout the community. “His passion and leadership inspired our young people our young people to thrive,” she said.
Boozer played his entire career with the Jets, from 1966 to 1975.
He gained 5,135 yards rushing, 1,488 yards receiving and scored 64 touchdowns (52 rushing, 12 receiving). He was a two-time AFL all-star and one-time all-pro.