Joe Namath’s place in football history is not limited to his fine record of 12 seasons with the New York Jets and one swan-song year at the end of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. Namath was also in the thick of the 1960s rivalry between the National and American Football Leagues.
Drafted by the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals, Namath raised eyebrows when he signed with the AFL’s New York Jets, in no small part, one must assume, because of the then astronomical $400,000 contract he was offered. That, and his reputation as a ladies man, earned him the nickname Broadway Joe.
On the field, the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, who played for legendary coach Bear Bryant, excelled in his first season, earning Rookie of the Year honors. In 1967, he became the first quarterback in any league the throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season. But his greatest triumph came at the end of the 1968 season—in 1969, actually—when he delivered on his promise of a Jets victory over the NFL’s mighty Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
Namath’s idol, Johnny Unitas, was on the Colts bench until late in that game, but it was Namath’s 17 of 28 completions—which got Matt Snell close enough to score a touchdown and Jim Turner close enough to kick three field goals—that kept the pressure on the Colts. Namath was named the game’s Most Valuable Player and gave the AFL its first Super Bowl victory.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985, Namath has long been a favorite of football-memorabilia collectors. Indeed, few vintage football cards are as iconic as his vertical, 1965 Topps rookie card.
The illustration of the young Namath, with an all-business expression on his face, floats on a bright yellow background—the words “NEW YORK” hover above his head like a Broadway marquee. In fact, all of Namath’s Topps cards from the 1960s are collectible, as are recent items, from signed jerseys and footballs to autographed photos.
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Post-Gazette all-time WPIAL championship teamPittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 25th
a-Joe Namath -- Beaver Falls, 1960: Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame who played at U. of Alabama and won Super Bowl with New York Jets. Dick Hoak -- Jeannette, 1956: After Penn State career, was a RB for the Steelers for 10 years and made Pro Bowl ...Read more
Remembering Paul Marslano: A wonderful storyteller in print and lifeNew Haven Register, November 24th
Tales of traveling on the New York Jets airplane during the Broadway Joe Namath years; trading zingers with O.J. Simpson; hitting local watering holes with Mickey Mantle. It always proved to be a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era when local writers...Read more
Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 semifinalists include 2 state starsAL.com, November 24th
They are Buck Buchanan, Frank Gatski, John Hannah, Don Hutson, Walter Jones, Joe Namath, Ozzie Newsome, Bart Starr, John Stallworth, Dwight Stephenson and Derrick Thomas. All the candidates for the Class of 2016 have been retired for at least five ...Read more
Another Johnny Manziel party video raises the same old questions: Bill ...cleveland.com, November 24th
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games, and both services offer games with entry fees of $10,600 for much, much larger payouts. You pay money in hopes of winning more money. If you don't, you're out. By a rudimentary definition of the term, that's "gambling." Even Joe Namath knows it...Read more
Holm-Rousey among most shocking upsets in sports historyABC News, November 15th
Joe Namath's guarantee and the slow-motion shot of him wagging his index finger as he ran off the field was not only the high watermark of his career, but it still stands as the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. Baltimore didn't score its touchdown...Read more
The man behind Joe Namath's white shoes deserves a tribute from the JetsESPN (blog), November 15th
He arrived the year before Joe Namath and he lasted all the way to Vinny Testaverde and Curtis Martin. His old title -- equipment manager -- doesn't begin to describe his impact. "He was a father, grandfather, friend and mentor to so many players...Read more
WATCH: Joe Namath Sounds Off On Football, Fans And FoodCBS Local, November 12th
That's the message that came through loud and clear when Jets legend Joe Namath chatted with 1010 WINS' Rebecca Granet about football, fans, tailgating, favorite foods and more. Rebecca Granet: “Is there nothing like a Jets fan?” Joe Namath: “You know, ...Read more