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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Stephane Matteau: Goal changed life, now trying to change kids' livesLancasterOnline, March 3rd
People in New York are not tired of it and it's like when Joe Namath said the Jets will win the Super Bowl and then delivered. People won't forget it. LNP: What to you tell River Rock's students in your presentations? SM: I tell them the truth, that...Read more
Broadway Joe and Compare AlLockport Union-Sun & Journal, March 1st
I must have been around 11 and Danny was almost 9 and Joe Namath was our favorite player. No, Joe Namath was our favorite athlete on the planet. Broadway Joe. There he was walking the sideline in a full length mink coat. The guy didn't even play, but...Read more
'Hangover' Actor Pulls A Joe Namath In Brutally Awkward Interview (Video)NESN.com, February 22nd
Apparently Bartha has been hanging around Joe Namath too much. Namath, of course, had an infamous 2003 incident in which he told ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber he wanted to kiss her during a live interview on “Monday Night Football.” Bartha didn't ...Read more
St. John's Harrison still clinging to NCCA Tournament dreamNew York Daily News, February 19th
It wasn't exactly Joe Namath before Super Bowl III. But St. John's senior D'Angelo Harrison on Thursday came about as close to guaranteeing the Red Storm will make the NCAA Tournament as possible without issuing an actual guarantee. The Red Storm's ...Read more
HBO & ESPN Producer/Director Joe Lavine Talks About The BC Fix, Namath, Ali ...SportsGrid, February 16th
Joe Lavine has worked with some of the most charismatic — sometimes polarizing — athletes and coaches in sporting history. His documentaries have covered Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, John McEnroe and Vince Lombardi...Read more
Where does Joe Namath place Tom Brady among football's greatest ...AL.com, February 16th
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath won't say New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady is the best QB of all-time, but he will say "no one's ever been better" than Brady. Earlier this month, Brady won the MVP Award for the Patriots' 28...Read more
Joe Namath says no one's ever been better than Tom BradyESPN (blog), February 16th
In a piece that we missed late last week, but don't want to forgo the opportunity to pass along, Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com caught up with Joe Namath to discuss a variety of topics. One of them was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "No one...Read more
Lenny Kravitz's Super Bowl appearance about as random as his connection to ...Yellowhammer News, February 1st
Lenny Kravitz joined Katy Perry on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show, which was pretty random, but not near as random his connection to an Alabama football legend. According to Kravitz, he played catch with former Alabama quarterback Joe ...Read more