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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New York Times, September 21st

In 1990, Lisa Olson of the Boston Herald was sexually harassed in the New England Patriots' locker room. Only a decade ago, the Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath told the ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber in the middle of an interview that he wanted ...Read more

Hall of Famer to return home
Marshall News Messenger, September 21st

That's more touchdowns than the likes of other Hall of Famers including Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Namath, just to name a few. In 1948, he was the AAFC Rookie of the Year. He was the NFL's MVP three years in a row from ...Read more

Joe Namath and Alabama's Pregame
The Decatur Daily, September 20th

Gary Cosby Jr./Decatur Daily Alabama legend Joe Namath walks onto the field before Alabama's game with Florida opening the SEC schedule for the Crimson Tide Saturday in Bryant Denny Stadium. Namath's 1964 team was being honored during the game ...Read more

Jets Ring of Honor inductees are ...
ESPN (blog), September 20th

During Monday night's game, the New York Jets will announce their Ring of Honor Class of 2014. Currently, the elite fraternity consists of 13 individuals, including four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Weeb Ewbank...Read more

Joe Namath is big fan of up-tempo offenses, likes what he's seen from Alabama
AL.com, September 20th

The Alabama legend doesn't sound like he would have minded when he appeared on Saturday morning's SEC Nation broadcast on the SEC Network. Live from the stage on the Alabama campus, Namath professed is admiration for the offensive schemes ...Read more

Namath, Bob Seger and a Market Flatline
Daily Commercial, September 14th

Let's talk 1965. Alabama quarterback Joe Namath signs a groundbreaking contract with the New York Jets for $427,000. President Johnson unveils his “Great Society” program during the State of the Union address. “Hullabaloo” debuts on television. Winston ...Read more

MINT State Sells Joe Namath's 1965 Rookie Card
DigitalJournal.com, September 8th

Elburn, IL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/08/2014 -- MINT State, a collectibles dealer specializing in high-grade sports cards, based in Elburn, Illinois has sold a 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath rookie card for $60,000. One of the most recognizable sports cards...Read more

Will Leitch: Could Joe Namath exist in today's NFL?
USA TODAY, September 3rd

When the New York Jets signed Joe Namath on Jan. 2, 1965, team owner Sonny Werblin admitted that he was only slightly interested in how well Namath played football. "Namath has the presence of a star," Werblin said. "You know how a real star lights up ...Read more