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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Do I need an ACL to play sports?Philly.com (blog), April 16th
Joe Namath was the first famous athlete to return to sports without ACL surgery, which in his day was usually career-ending. What Broadway Joe proved is that a torn ACL, despite bracing, results in severe damage to the knee joint. Research shows that...Read more
Hall of Fame FanFest part of PB legacyBengals.com, April 15th
He'll join Joe Namath, Barry Sanders, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Franco Harris, and the rest in five hour show carnivals that are repeated in four shows on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m...Read more
2014 NFL Draft: BRB Poll For The "First Overall Pick"Battle Red Blog (blog), April 15th
DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY - Don't overthink the pick, just get the best player available. QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER - Ignore the noise, and trust the game tape. QB JOHNNY MANZIEL - He clearly disproved the criticism, and he's the next Joe Namath or Drew ...Read more
The Jets became the Jets 51 years ago todayThe Star-Ledger, April 15th
and enticed him away from the Giants, who had also picked him in the NFL draft. And one year after that, the Jets drafted and gave a then-record $400,000 contract to a quarterback out of the University of Alabama named Joe Namath. View/Post...Read more
Memorial tribute planned for Donora native GaliffaTribune-Review, April 14th
An outstanding three-sport player in football, basketball, and baseball, Galiffa completed 88 of 149 passes for 1,873 yards and 22 touchdowns, to surpass Joe Namath's single-season western Pennsylvania mark of 77 of 125 for 1,115 and 17 touchdowns...Read more
Joe Namath named grand marshal of Honda Indy Grand PrixMyFoxAL, March 21st
NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath has been named the grand marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, which is scheduled for April 25-27 in Birmingham. Barber Motorsports Park and ZOOM motorsports made the announcement Thursday. The former ...Read more
Joe Namath, Bode Miller dive into IndyCar, NASCARIndianapolis Star, March 20th
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath will be the grand marshal of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama next month at Barber Motorsports Park. The former University of Alabama star will give the command to start engines for the April 27 race in the...Read more
'Broadway Joe' Namath will be grand marshal for 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of ...al.com, March 20th
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Former University of Alabama quarterback and Hall of Famer Joe Namath will be the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 25-27 at Barber Motorsports Park. The announcement came today from ...Read more