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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We broke the surprising news to Spade that, according to the Wall Street Journal, several Jets are swiping the Tinder banging dating app -- and he immediately invoked the name of the franchise's most legendary ladies man … Joe Namath (sorry, Sanchize)...Read more
Robin Williams talked Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and 'American Idol' in 2009 ...The Birmingham News - al.com, August 11th
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Peyton & Eli Manning Are Rapping About Joe Namath Giving It To Your Mom In ...PerezHilton.com, August 11th
Chris Johnson and Joe Namath! The brothers spit some rhymes about Chris' famous dreads and Joe's famous way with the ladies, specifically him “making stew with your mom!” We just want to kiss this video! And you will too once you press PLAY (above)!...Read more
Manning brothers rap video: Jets' Chris Johnson, Joe Namath make cameos in ...NJ.com, August 11th
But this time, Jets fans might be interested to see running back Chris Johnson making an appearance right at the two-minute mark, followed immediately by a clip of Joe Namath getting a little handsy with a woman as she cooks stew. Football fantasy, indeed...Read more