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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Joe Namath calls for education in the fight against arthritisWIAT 42, May 18th
During Joe Namath's storied football career, he suffered multiple injuries that he said contributed to his battle with arthritis. Namath said he wants to use his pain for good. He is actively raising awareness and working with the Arthritis Foundation...Read more
Joe Namath Rejuvenated With Oxygen TherapyNewsmax, May 17th
Football legend Joe Namath is helping bring publicity to an underutilized treatment for brain injury: hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Flooding the body with pure oxygen while the patient lies inside a pressurized chamber has been used since the 1930s to...Read more
Joe Namath gets results from hyperbaric chamber treatments for concussionsYahoo Sports (blog), May 16th
Jupiter Medical Center and Co-Medical Director of the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center. Even though a concussion is considered by many medical professionals as a rather “mild” brain injury, there are long-term effects...Read more
Football great Joe Namath sounds alarm on dangers of brain injuriesWCVB Boston, May 13th
JUPITER, Fla. —Joe Namath was one of the most revered football players of his time. "It was part of my life very early on," he said. As the star quarterback for 13 seasons with the New York Jets, Namath took his fair share of hard hits. "I didn't pay...Read more
Joe Namath: PEDs bigger issue for NFL than deflated footballsCBSSports.com, May 13th
The NFL has suspended Tom Brady four games for his role in Deflategate, a scandal which, depending on who you ask, is either a mountain or a molehill. As for Hall of Famer and former Jets quarterback Joe Namath, he thinks the league has bigger issues ...Read more
Joe Namath says PEDs are bigger problems than DeflateGateNBCSports.com, May 13th
While John Elway might think the NFL got it right with the Patriots' DeflateGate punishments, another Hall of Fame quarterback isn't so sure. Jets legend Joe Namath said last night he wasn't sure the deflating of footballs was that big of a deal, and...Read more
Joe Namath Wouldn't Play Football If He Could Do It All Over AgainHuffington Post, May 1st
Football legend Joe Namath has decided that if he could live his life over again, he wouldn't play football. In a recent sit-down interview with WPBF-TV, an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Hall of Fame quarterback was asked by Tiffany...Read more
Joe Namath adds his voice to the anti-Rex Ryan chorusNBCSports.com, April 29th
But when someone with a bit more institutional gravity chimes in, you get a better sense of how deep the Jets' issues might have run there during the end of the Rex Ryan era. Via Darryl Slater of NJ.com, none other than Joe Namath had some hard words...Read more