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, h...
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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Despite Getting 'In Trouble,' Geno Smith Doesn't Regret Playoff GuaranteeCBS Local, May 20th
It seems the Jets — a franchise famous for boasts from Joe Namath (good) and Rex Ryan (not so good) — didn't like that very much. “I've already gotten in trouble for saying some things about, you know, playoffs and all that stuff, which I don't...Read more
Just Because: Joe Namath flexing acting muscles for Brady BunchCBS sports.com (blog), May 9th
With Joe Namath's HBO documentary winning a Sports Emmy on Tuesday night, we figured now was the appropriate time to reminisce about a TV appearance for Broadway Joe that perhaps didn't garner as much critical acclaim. Yes, the former Jets star...Read more
Joe Namath-focused documentary earns top honors at Sports Emmy Awardsal.com, May 8th
Joe Namath, seen here at the 2013 NFL Draft, was the subject of "Namath," which won Best Sports Documentary at Tuesday's Sports Emmys. Print · Andrew Gribble | email@example.com By Andrew Gribble | firstname.lastname@example.org al.com. Email the author | Follow on...Read more
He played for them!?USA TODAY, May 6th
Joe Namath was the New York Jets. But when the Jets opted to wave Namath after the 1976 season, it wasn't a difficult decision, considering the Jets had gone 4-17 the past two years while paying Broadway Joe $450,000. Despite the harsh turn of events,...Read more
Joe Namath's Odd Behavior at 2013 Draft Conjures Up MNF MemoriesBleacher Report, April 25th
Namath hit the stage and hit it hard Thursday night alongside Phil Simms and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to promote Super Bowl XLVIII. And by “promote,” I mean yell hysterically. The Hall of Famer grabbed the mic and let it drop. “New York!...Read more
Namath: Rex isn't going to lastESPN (blog), April 25th
Joe Namath believes the Rex Ryan era is coming to an end. "I don't think Rex is going to be back next year," Namath said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN 98.7 FM on Thursday afternoon. Namath, the most famous quarterback in Jets history,...Read more
Wait, did that Broadway Joe Namath special really happen?Salon, April 24th
International Business Times Sunday's episode of AMC's “Mad Men” threw a mixture of accurate historical details into its skillfully written storylines, and viewers — as usual — made sport out of separating the fact from the fiction. One subplot...Read more
'Mad Men' Season 6 'To Have And To Hold': Did That Broadway Joe Namath ...International Business Times, April 22nd
Sunday's episode of AMC's “Mad Men” threw a mixture of accurate historical details into its skillfully written storylines, and viewers -- as usual -- made sport out of separating the fact from the fiction. One subplot centering on the real-life...Read more