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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Joe Yurgine: Living next to Joe Namath in New YorkKankakee Daily Journal, March 8th
Joe Yurgine: Living next to Joe Namath in New York. Story · Comments · Image (1). Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Previous Next. broadway-joe-namath.jpg. Sports Illustrated cover of a young Joe Namath...Read more
Joe Namath Throws Out First Pitch for Nats-YankeesCBS Local, March 5th
Photo Galleries. Nationals Yankees Spring Training Game. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath throws out the ceremonial first pitch at a Yankees spring training game against the Washington Nationals. (Photos by Sheahin/Sousa as special to WJFK)...Read more
Sports names: Mike Piazza, Joe NamathSan Francisco Chronicle, March 3rd
Joe Namath. Broadway Joe says Yankees captain Derek Jeter is an "angel" for his life on and off the field. Namath was at New York's spring training game Monday to throw the ceremonial first pitch - caught by Jeter. "Over all the years, I've learned to...Read more
Joe Namath: Derek Jeter an 'angel'ESPN, March 3rd
Wearing a full No. 12 uniform from stirrups to hat, Joe Namath laughed and smiled as he hung out with Derek Jeter and Reggie Jackson and served as Joe Girardi's "co-manager" for the New York Yankees' game against the Washington Nationals at George ...Read more
A pattern for lifeESPN, February 27th
Johnny Manziel and Joe Namath Getty Images A zest for life has led to Johnny Manziel (left) being compared to former Jets QB Joe Namath. Joe Namath has heard the comparisons between himself and Johnny Manziel, perhaps the most controversial player ...Read more
Joe Namath makes cameo on Jimmy Fallon's “Tonight” show (video)Washington Post (blog), February 18th
Among the tons of cameos by people paying up on a $100 bet that the show's new host, Jimmy Fallon, would never get the gig was Joe Namath, the former New York Jets quarterback who was previously seen wearing a ginormous fur coat and, of course, his ...Read more
Joe Namath: How can any team pass on Johnny Manziel?NFL.com, February 14th
Few are better qualified to judge Johnny Manziel's balance of on-field focus and off-field fun than Joe Namath, the former New York Jets star quarterback who could run the offense and run the streets with equal effectiveness during a 13-year pro career...Read more
WATCH: What ex-Jet Joe Namath told Seahawks' Russell Wilson after botched ...The Star-Ledger, February 7th
We've covered ex-Jet Joe Namath's false start of a coin toss at the Super Bowl and his fur coat ad nauseum. But the NFL released its video of various Super Bowl moments with players, referees and others mic'd up. So we finally got to hear some...Read more