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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Ageless: Joe Namath starred at drugstore in Palm BayFlorida Today, April 26th
I was allowed to write about anything I wanted to and I wanted to write about Joe Namath. We were fervently into the age of Equal Rights for Women, and we females bristled at any man taking advantage of us, especially a gorgeous, dark-haired guy like ...Read more
Wrestling imparted life lessons to Eblen Charities' Bill MurdockCharleston Post Courier, April 25th
“Where everybody else had heroes like Joe Namath and Pete Rose, I had George Scott. I had George and Jack (Brisco) and Dory (Funk Jr.). But George was my first sports hero. He'll always be one of my heroes.” “For three weeks, I wouldn't call him. I'd...Read more
Why Jets' Mike Maccagnan should resist trading up for quarterback Marcus ...NJ.com, April 24th
That means that Maccagnan, who would win a popularity contest against Joe Namath himself after an offseason that has completely changed outlook of the this team, is unlikely to get Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. That will no doubt disappoint a...Read more
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says he wants to win Super Bowl 'so bad'ABC News, April 24th
It was hardly Joe Namath-worthy or even akin to Jimmy Johnson's "put it in three-inch headlines" guarantee before the 1993 NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. But it was a sign of Romo's belief the Cowboys' 2014 success will lead to ...Read more
Joe Namath almost a Cardinal? 50 years later, the NFL-AFL draft wars berthed ...FOXSports.com, April 23rd
Quarterback Joe Namath with New York Jets coach Weeb Ewbank (left) and Jets owner Sonny Werblin (right). FOX Sports Alex Marvez. Share This Story. Tweet. Updated APR 24, 2015 1:23a ET. The Hall of Fame defensive lineman nicknamed "Mr. Cowboy" ...Read more
Commentary: Namath tops Tide 1st-round NFL draft picks listMontgomery Advertiser, April 22nd
Joe Namath (1965). Before the Crimson Tide quarterback guaranteed a win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III and delivered for the New York Jets, Namath was a first-round pick in the NFL — and AFL. The St. Louis Cardinals picked him 12th overall ...Read more
Joe Namath may be 71, but he still knows how to partyAL.com, March 31st
Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath built quite a reputation for his life off the field when he was earning his "Broadway Joe" nickname while the quarterback of the New York Jets. The former Alabama star recently was in the party spotlight again when...Read more
Joe Namath parties with twins to celebrate their 100th birthdaySB Nation, March 31st
Anna Campani and Josephine Bencivenga have spent 100 years of life together as twins and got a special surprise on their birthday when Broadway Joe stopped in to party with them in style. Namath heard it was their birthday from Bencivenga's daughter, ...Read more