Joe Namath

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Joseph William "Joe" Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe" or "Joe Willie", is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his assistant, Howard Schnellenberger, from 1962–1964, and professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s.… Read More

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  • Patriots Among Biggest Playoff Favorites Of Past 40 Years
    ABC News - 13 days ago
  • Joe Namath Apologizes For Criticism Of Jets’ Geno Smith
    NYTimes - Oct 26, 2016
  • Joe Namath Apologizes To Geno Smith Cbs Sports.Com
    Google News - Oct 25, 2016
  • Joe Namath Makes A Comeback As A Hall Of Fame Hologram
    CNN - Jul 23, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Namath.


1943 Birth Born on May 31, 1943.


1960 17 Years Old Coached by Larry Bruno at Beaver Falls, Namath's football team won the WPIAL Class AA championship with a 9–0 record in 1960. … Read More
1961 18 Years Old Upon graduation from high school in 1961, he received offers from several Major League Baseball teams, including the Yankees, Mets, Indians, Reds, Pirates, and Phillies, but football prevailed. … Read More
1962 19 Years Old Between 1962 and 1964, Namath played for the Alabama Crimson Tide program under Bryant and his offensive coordinator Howard Schnellenberger.


1964 21 Years Old A year after being suspended for the final two games of the season, Namath led the Tide to a national championship in 1964. … Read More
…  Offensive tackle Sherman Plunkett came up with the nickname "Broadway Joe" in 1965, following Namath's appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated in July.
In the 1968 AFL title game, Namath threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27–23 win over the defending AFL champion Oakland Raiders.
1970 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Namath again threatened to retire before the 1970 and 1971 seasons; New York stated in 1971 that "his retirement act had become shallow and predictable". … Read More


1975 32 Years Old The Chicago Winds of the World Football League famously made a large overture to Namath prior to the start of the 1975 season in an effort to get Namath to sign with the team. … Read More
1977 34 Years Old In the twilight of his career, Namath was waived by the Jets to facilitate his move to the Los Angeles Rams when a trade could not be worked out. He was signed by the Rams on May 12, 1977. … Read More


1983 40 Years Old While taking a voice class in 1983, Namath met Deborah Mays, an aspiring actress.
1984 41 Years Old He was 41, while she was 22, and they married in 1984 as Namath said, "She caught my last pass." … Read More
1985 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985. … Read More


2000 57 Years Old Namath and his wife were divorced in 2000. … Read More


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2006 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2006, the biography Namath by Mark Kriegel was published by Rugged Land Books. … Read More
2007 64 Years Old In May 2007, Olivia gave birth to a daughter, Natalia, his first grandchild.
2009 66 Years Old A recent documentary about Namath's hometown of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, includes a segment on Namath and why the city has celebrated its ties to him. In 2009, he presented the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the winning team of Super Bowl XLIII, 40 years after winning Super Bowl III. … Read More
2011 68 Years Old In summer/fall of 2011, Namath was representing Topps and promoting a "Super Bowl Legends" contest, appearing on its behalf on the Late Show with David Letterman.
2013 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Namath also appeared as himself in the 2013 sports film Underdogs and the 2015 comedy film The Wedding Ringer.
2014 71 Years Old …  In 2014, Namath appeared in a DirectTV commercial starring the Manning brothers making stew with one's mother. … Read More
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