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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'Nugget' could be hidden gem for Steelers
ESPN (blog), July 31st

Elkins played at Beaver Falls High School, the alma mater of Joe Namath, and later started 38 games at Youngstown State. He has been playing guard and center as he tries to follow the path of Doug Legursky, who played both positions after making the ...Read more

Schnellenberger deserves entry into Hall of Fame
Lexington Herald Leader, July 31st

He recruited Joe Namath to Alabama, at one point writing bad checks to transport the star prospect to Tuscaloosa before somebody else could snap him up. Schnellenberger was the offensive coordinator for Don Shula's perfect 1972 Dolphins, too, and the ...Read more

EXCLUSIVE — Joe Namath Gives His Daughter Away . . . to Low Level Street ...
Gossip Extra, July 28th

SARASOTA — NFL great Joe Namath watched proudly as his youngest daughter was married in a hush-hush ceremony at the Ringling Museum earlier this month in Sarasota. It's yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Twenty-three-year-old Olivia Namath said ...Read more

What Gives? Since Joe Namath, Jets Still In Search Of Franchise QB
CBS Local, July 21st

JOE NAMATH: The conversation about the team's greatest player — let alone quarterback — starts and ends here. Broadway Joe might not have had gaudy career stats, but he's a Hall of Famer who still leads the franchise in several passing categories...Read more

Johnny Manziel, meet Ken Stabler, Joe Namath and Bobby Layne
DigiNews, July 13th

Joe Namath and the New York Jets shocked the football world as 18 point underdogs in Super Bowl III. Broadway Joe wore a fur coat on the sideline, partied in the nightclubs with multiple women on each arm, and still threw for over 4,000 yards in a...Read more

Further Review: Manziel can't hang with partiers of the past
Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 9th

He couldn't hold Joe Namath's swizzle stick. Manziel reportedly was photographed recently in a Las Vegas bathroom rolling up a $20 bill, suggesting some illicit activity was about to commence. Everyone knows if you're serious about being a big-time...Read more

Joe Namath not that impressed with Geno Smith
National Football Post, July 1st

Legendary former New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith isn't too impressed with current Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith.... “I can't evaluate Geno other than what I've heard from his coaches," Namath told WFAN. "I don't see anything outstanding...Read more

Joe Namath still not impressed with Geno Smith, July 1st

Jets legend Joe Namath made his case for Michael Vick to be the starting quarterback earlier this spring, saying he should be “outstanding.” During an interview with WFAN, Namath said that presumptive starter Geno Smith was just acceptable, offering...Read more