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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Page Turners (December)Timesonline.com, December 5th
Krzemienski, a Blackhawk graduate, co-authored this story of how Beaver Falls' Joe Namath and Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant led the Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly national pastime. Retail price: $28 hardback...Read more
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Mayhem: Buzz Lightyear balloon sent to ...New York Daily News, November 28th
Retired NFL stars Bart Oates, Joe Namath, Amani Toomer and Hines Ward rode on the 30-foot Daily News Big Apple Float featuring an oversized apple and Empire State Building. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE. Pikachu makes an appearance at the ...Read more
All the details on the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeNorthJersey.com, November 26th
And football fans awaiting the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium can start celebrating Super Bowl Sunday — the pigskin holiday — early with the New York Daily News' Big Apple float, which will feature NFL greats Joe Namath, Bart Oates, Amani Toomer and ...Read more
How The New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist Became A Modern-Day Joe NamathForbes, November 26th
In the rink, Henrik Lundqvist, the Swedish-born goaltender for the New York Rangers, is a hulking presence, athletically and aggressively swatting away pucks with his stick, pads, skates and, yes, sometimes even his mask. On a somewhat offensively ...Read more
JFK Remembered: Joe NamathESPN (blog), November 21st
AP Photo Joe Namath remembers what he was doing at Alabama when he heard the news. The former New York Jets Super Bowl-winning quarterback reflects on the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy:...Read more
The Day That Changed TV Sports ForeverTIME (blog), November 14th
New York Jets' quarterback Joe Namath sweeps around the right side past Oakland defenders Ralph Oliver and Dan Conners to score from the one-yard line during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders, Nov. 17, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum in ...Read more
Bryant 'practically laughed' at idea of letting Namath's teammates vote on QB ...The Huntsville Times - al.com, November 7th
The most famous example of Bryant's discipline - the suspension of quarterback Joe Namath for the final two games of Alabama's 1963 season - was felt acutely by Meyer. He was Namath's position coach. "People like to ask me about the Joe Namath story," ...Read more
Jock Cinema: CC and CompanySports On Earth, November 4th
Jock Cinema: C.C. and Company. Comments jock_cinema_cc It's not clear why Joe Namath thought starring in the biker movie "C.C. and Company" was a good idea, but he's actually not the worst actor in it...Read more