Coaching camp may have a unique really feel for these contained in the Jets group this yr. For the primary time in 55 years, a member of the Hampton household gained’t be part of it.
The Jets surprisingly fired senior director of workforce operations Clay Hampton final month. Hampton had labored for the workforce for 30 years and had been in control of operations since 2006. His father, Invoice, was the workforce’s gear supervisor from 1964 by way of 2000.
The transfer got here as a shock to individuals contained in the Jets as a result of Hampton was properly revered and appreciated all through the workforce’s Florham Park headquarters. It’s unclear what prompted the firing, which got here June 15, after the workforce accomplished minicamp.
Hampton, 50, didn’t return messages in search of remark. The Jets had no remark.
Hampton was not recognized to many followers however had a type of behind-the-scenes jobs integral to operating a soccer workforce. Certainly one of his major tasks was organizing the workforce’s street journeys. He additionally oversaw the day-to-day operations across the workforce’s observe facility.
“To me, he was the Jets,” former coach Rex Ryan mentioned Thursday. “His household, to me, these are individuals which might be the Jets. They’ve been there the entire time. It’s actually bizarre that he’s not going to be with the Jets anymore. It’s actually unusual. Typically, I assume, individuals wish to transfer on from the previous. I don’t know if that’s why they removed him.”
Ryan mentioned he by no means had any issues with Hampton throughout his time with the Jets from 2009-14.
“He was superior,” Ryan mentioned. “The six years I used to be there, he was higher than nice. Every thing was achieved at such a first-class degree. Not one time ever did we’ve got a problem with any of the locations we stayed, the airways. It was superior. To me, he was a tremendous man and somebody I used to be actually proud that I had the chance to work with him.”
Hampton initially labored as a ballboy with the Jets in 1983 earlier than working below his father within the gear room. He succeeded his father as gear supervisor in 2001 earlier than transferring to operations.