Joe Namath
American football player
Joe Namath
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.
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Patriots among biggest playoff favorites of past 40 years
ABC News - about 2 months
The New England Patriots are the biggest playoff favorites since 1998. The Patriots opened as 14.5-point favorites against the Houston Texans in Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The line quickly grew to New England -16 shortly after being posted Sunday afternoon at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, making it one of the four largest playoff point spreads in the past 40 seasons. The dynamic 1998 Minnesota Vikings were 16-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs. In the 1994 postseason, Steve Young's San Francisco 49ers were 17.5-point favorites over the Chicago Bears in the divisional round and then 18-point favorites over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Going back further, the Baltimore Colts lost to Joe Namath's New York Jets as 18-point favorites in Super Bowl III. This year's...
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Joe Namath Apologizes for Criticism of Jets’ Geno Smith
NYTimes - 4 months
After Smith injured his knee in the second quarter against the Ravens, he stood on the sideline for the second half. Namath questioned the extent of Smith’s injury, which turned out to be a torn A.C.L.
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Joe Namath apologizes to Geno Smith - CBSSports.com
Google News - 4 months
Joe Namath apologizes to Geno Smith CBSSports.com Joe Namath has caught some fire in the last few days after he questioned the seriousness of Geno Smith’s knee injury. Smith was standing on the sideline of. by James Parks; 1h ago • 1 min read Update 18m ago ... and more »
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Joe Namath makes a comeback as a Hall of Fame hologram
CNN - 7 months
Former Jets quarterback Joe Namath has big hopes for his holographic alter ego, which will guide visitors to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Joe Namath believes Broncos QB Mark Sanchez can play another 15 years
Fox News - 10 months
Joe Namath believes Broncos QB Mark Sanchez can play another 15 years
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From Namath to Norwood, Dramatic Moments Enter Super Bowl Lore
NYTimes - about 1 year
From Joe Namath raising his finger toward the sky to David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch”, the Super Bowl is a history book of indelible moments that lead to next Sunday's 50th edition.
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Dissecting the Irreversibly Altered Brain of a Pro Football Fan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Our hour was up, and I happened to mention the Bears game as we walked off the court. My tennis partner smothered the endorphin glow by barking that responsible people ought to stop watching pro football, because -- well, because it's simply bad in just about every way. Intellectually, I didn't disagree. Several years ago, I added football to the list of things that never should have been invented: porn, boxing and booze. Still, I love football. "Get over it," my partner said. My tennis partner, and all the other tennis partners who we're hearing from in the conversation around the new film Concussion -- I fear these people aren't fully aware of what they're asking. Because they haven't examined the brain of a middle-aged NFL football fan. Let's get out the scalpel. *** I was a kid before ESPN came along and injected sports into every home. Our Hudson, Ohio home had music, so I took piano lessons. Dad was into antique cars, so I went to car shows. Both my ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "W ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "Where the party at?" My crew wa ...
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Haunted? Even if they’re not, these are some of the creepiest spots in the U.S.
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Any other night, you can convince yourself the thumping you hear is caused by the wind, the creaking by the house settling. But Halloween begs for a scare, for you to suspend your disbelief and wonder, what if? Whether or not your believe in ghosts, spirits, or other supernaturals, stories of strange presences and unexplained phenomena seem to swirl around places with a past. That prickling sensation on the back of your neck can be eerie, but sometimes houses and other buildings have dark histories that even more frightening, because they’re real. We rounded up places all over the U.S. that have spooky presences or terrible pasts. We don’t blame you if you want to keep the lights on for this one. McMenamins White Eagle Saloon – Portland, Oregon A place that was once known as the Hryszko Brothers Soft Drinks Emporium doesn’t sound like it could be scary, but it was a speakeasy, see? At various points in its history, it may have also housed a brothel and an opium den, and a bank vault do ...
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Spike Lee Named New York City Marathon Grand Marshal
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) -- He's a noted filmmaker, a teacher, an honorary Oscar winner, a crazy New York sports fan and now this: Spike Lee is the next grand marshal of the New York City Marathon. "It's gonna be a great day in my life," Lee said in an interview about his new title, to be announced by race officials later Monday. "All those runners, coming from all over the world to New York? It's gonna be a fun time." Lee, 58, is known as one of his hometown's great boosters, and so it's apt that he becomes the first New Yorker to get the title of grand marshal. He's also only the third person in the race's 45-year history to have it, race officials said, after Czech running star Emil Zatopek in 1979 and Grete Waitz of Norway - winner of a record nine titles, who died in 2011 - in 2003. "When we looked at having a grand marshal for this year's TCS New York City Marathon, we envisioned someone the world would immediately recognize as a sports enthusiast and quintessential New Yorker ...
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Joe Namath Wouldn't Play Football If He Could Do It All Over Again
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Football legend Joe Namath has decided that if he could live his life over again, he wouldn’t play football. In a recent sit-down interview with WPBF-TV, an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Hall of Fame quarterback was asked by Tiffany Kenney whether he would play football again knowing what he now knows about the dangers of the game. "No, I hate to say that because if I had a child that wanted to play [football] I'd let them play,” he said. “But I'd wait until later on, you know, when he’s developed a little more." "This instrument [the brain] that we have that we have been blessed with, it's not designed for the kind of contact or physical abuse that your body gets playing this sport,” he said. Namath also pushed back indirectly against Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who recently argued in a blog post that “there’s practically no other place where a young man is held to a higher standard.” “To me, the qualities that you get, the intangibles ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Namath
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In 2014, Namath appeared in a DirectTV commercial starring the Manning brothers making stew with one's mother.
    More Details Hide Details Namath also opened several bars under the name Broadway Joe's in both New York City and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (location of the University of Alabama). These continue today with moderate success. Namath continues to serve as an unofficial spokesman and goodwill ambassador for the Jets.
  • 2013
    On June 2, 2013, Namath was the guest speaker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for the unveiling of the Canton, Ohio, museum's $27 million expansion and renovation.
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    Namath also appeared as himself in the 2013 sports film Underdogs and the 2015 comedy film The Wedding Ringer.
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  • 2011
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, the team he presented the trophy to was his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, with NBC Sports (which had the broadcasting rights to Super Bowl XLIII) introducing him as "Hall of Fame quarterback and Pennsylvania native Joe Namath." Namath's nickname "Broadway Joe" was given to him by Sherman Plunkett, a Jets teammate. The "Joe Willie Namath" moniker, Namath's full given name, was popularized by sportscaster Howard Cosell. He originated the fad of wearing a full-length fur coat on the sidelines, a habit which was adopted by many players after him. The NFL has since banned this, requiring all team personnel (players, coaches, athletic trainers, etc.) to wear league-approved team apparel. Namath stood out from other AFL and NFL players by wearing low-cut white shoes rather than traditional black high-tops (thus the nickname "Joe Willie Whiteshoes"). Today, the NFL often fines players for not wearing shoes that match those of their teammates.
  • 2007
    In May 2007, Olivia gave birth to a daughter, Natalia, his first grandchild.
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  • 2006
    In conjunction with the release of the book, Namath was interviewed for the November 19, 2006, edition of 60 Minutes on CBS.
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    In November 2006, the biography Namath by Mark Kriegel was published by Rugged Land Books.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, the book was on the New York Times extended bestseller list (number 23).
  • 2004
    Several weeks later, he publicly admitted to an alcohol problem and entered into an outpatient alcoholism treatment program on January 12, 2004, the 35th anniversary of Super Bowl III.
    More Details Hide Details Namath chronicled the episode, including his battle with alcoholism in his book, Namath.
  • 2003
    On December 20, 2003, Namath gained new notoriety, apparently after partaking of too much celebratory champagne during the Jets' announcement of their all-time team.
    More Details Hide Details During live ESPN coverage of the Jets' game, Namath was asked about Chad Pennington and his thoughts on the struggles of that year's squad. Namath expressed confidence in Pennington, and then stated to the interviewer, Suzy Kolber, "I want to kiss you. I couldn't care less about the team strugg-a-ling." He later apologized.
  • 2000
    Namath and his wife were divorced in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details After the divorce, the girls lived in Florida with Namath.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Bryant called Namath "the greatest athlete I ever coached". When Namath was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, he broke down during his induction speech upon mentioning Bryant, who died from a heart attack in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Namath did not receive his college degree until 2007, having left early to pursue his professional career. Namath's time at Alabama was a culture shock for him, as he had grown up in a neighborhood in Pennsylvania that was predominantly black. (He was the only white starter on his high school basketball team.) He attended college at the height of the civil rights movement (1955–1968) in the Southern United States.
    He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Namath retired after playing in 143 career games (including playoff games) with 68 wins, 71 losses, and four ties. In his 132 career starts, he was 64–64–4, and he was 4–7 coming off the bench in relief. In his career, he threw 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions, and completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards. During his 13 years in the AFL and NFL, he played for three division champions (the 1968 and 1969 AFL East Champion Jets and the 1977 NFC West Champion Rams) and earned one league championship (1968 AFL Championship), and one Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl III). In 1999, he was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. He was the only player on the list to have spent a majority of his career with the Jets. In his 1975 autobiography, Alabama head coach Bryant called Namath the most natural athlete he had ever coached.
  • 1984
    He was 41, while she was 22, and they married in 1984 as Namath said, "She caught my last pass."
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children, Jessica in 1986 and Olivia in 1991, and the longtime bachelor became a family man.
  • 1983
    While taking a voice class in 1983, Namath met Deborah Mays, an aspiring actress.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Namath hoped to revitalize his career, but by this point, his effectiveness as a quarterback was greatly reduced by his knee injuries, a bad hamstring, and the general ravages of a long period of time playing professional football. After playing well in a 2–1 start, Namath took a beating on a cold, windy, and rainy Monday night game in a one-point loss at the Chicago Bears, throwing four interceptions, with another being nullified by a penalty, and was through for the regular season. He did not play again, but after three quarters of poor play on the part of starting quarterback Pat Haden, and only trailing by seven points in the opening round of the playoffs, head coach Chuck Knox was tempted to replace Haden with Namath. Rams assistant coach Kay Stephenson said Namath looked great warming up in the third quarter and advised Knox to put him in; Knox decided to stick with Haden, and the Rams wound up losing to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 14–7. Namath retired from the NFL after a single season with the Rams.
  • 1975
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Winds designed their uniforms identically to that of the Jets and offered Namath $600,000 a year for three years, $100,000 for the next 17, a $500,000 signing bonus, and the eventual arrangement for Namath to revive the WFL's New York franchise as the new team's owner. The WFL's television provider, TVS Television Network, insisted on the Winds succeeding in signing Namath for the network to continue television broadcasts; Namath, in turn, requested a cut of the league's television revenue. The league refused, and Namath instead returned to the Jets. The Winds' failure to sign Namath made them look foolish. Not only had they all but promised that Namath was coming to Chicago, but they also had changed their colors to a green-and-white scheme mirroring that of the Jets. The Winds folded five weeks into the 1975 WFL season. In part due to being without a national television contract, the WFL collapsed altogether a month later.
  • 1972
    His most memorable moment in those four seasons came on September 24, 1972, in Baltimore, when his boyhood idol Johnny Unitas and he combined for 872 passing yards.
    More Details Hide Details Namath bombed the Colts for 496 yards and six touchdowns in a 44–34 victory, New York's first victory over Baltimore since Super Bowl III. In that same game, Unitas threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns. This game is considered by many NFL experts to be the finest display of passing in a single game in league history.
  • 1970
    After not missing a single game because of injury in his first five years in the league, Namath played in just 28 of 58 possible games because of various injuries between 1970 and 1973 as the Jets struggled with records of 4–10, 6–8, 7–7, and 4–10.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details The magazine wrote that Namath did not want to attend training camp because of the risk of injury, but could not afford to retire permanently because of poor investments.. The head of ABC's televised sports, Roone Arledge, made sure that Monday Night Footballs inaugural game (September 21, 1970) would feature Namath and the New York Jets in a game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland Municipal Stadium. A record crowd of 85,703 and a huge television audience (but not shown in Cleveland, due to blackout rules which prevented games from being shown near the home stadium) watched the Jets set a team record for penalties and lose on a late Namath interception.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    The AFL-worst Bills had intercepted Namath five times, three for touchdowns, in their only win in 1968 in late September.
    More Details Hide Details After the season, Namath opened a popular Upper East Side bar called Bachelors III, which became associated with criminals. To protect the league's reputation, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle ordered Namath to divest himself of his interest in the bar. Namath refused, retiring from football during a teary news conference, but eventually agreed to divest his interest, and reported to the Jets.
    His performance in the 1968 season earned him the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year.
    More Details Hide Details He was an AFC-NFC Pro Bowler in 1972. Besides having the Hall of Fame distinction, he is a member of the Jets' all-time team and the American Football League All-Time Team. The high point of Namath's career was his performance in the Jets' 16–7 win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in January 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger. The first two games had resulted in blowout victories for the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, and sports writers from NFL cities insisted the AFL would take several more years to be truly competitive with the NFL. The 1968 Colts were touted as "the greatest football team in history", and former NFL star and Atlanta Falcons head coach Norm Van Brocklin ridiculed the AFL before the game, saying "This will be Namath's first professional football game." Three days before the game, tired of addressing the issue in the press, Namath responded to a heckler in Miami with the line: "We're going to win the game. I guarantee it."
    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.
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  • 1965
    He was a four-time AFL All-Star, in 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969, although he was plagued with knee injuries through much of his career and underwent four pioneering knee operations by Dr. James A. Nicholas.
    More Details Hide Details On some occasions, Namath had to have his knee drained at halftime so he could finish a game. Later in life, long after he left football, he had to have knee replacement surgery on both legs.
    As a rookie in 1965, Namath split time with Mike Taliaferro, as the Jets were winless in their first six games.
    More Details Hide Details They won five of the last eight and Namath was named the AFL Rookie of the year. He became the first professional quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season (1967) when he threw for 4,007 yards in a 14-game season, a record broken by Dan Fouts in 1979 (4,082) in a 16-game season.
    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.
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  • 1964
    A year after being suspended for the final two games of the season, Namath led the Tide to a national championship in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at Alabama, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record over three seasons.
  • 1962
    Between 1962 and 1964, Namath played for the Alabama Crimson Tide program under Bryant and his offensive coordinator Howard Schnellenberger.
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  • 1961
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Namath has told interviewers that he wanted to sign with the Pirates and play baseball like his idol, Roberto Clemente, but elected to play football because his mother wanted him to get a college education. Namath did not graduate until 2007, when he returned to college and finished a 30-hour external program bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Alabama. Namath had many offers from Division I college football programs, including Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, and Notre Dame, but initially decided upon the University of Maryland after being heavily recruited by Maryland assistant Roland Arrigoni. He was rejected by Maryland because his college-board scores were just below the school's requirements. After ample recruiting by Bryant, Namath accepted a full scholarship there. Bryant stated his decision to recruit Namath was "the best coaching decision I ever made."
  • 1960
    Coached by Larry Bruno at Beaver Falls, Namath's football team won the WPIAL Class AA championship with a 9–0 record in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Coach Bruno later was his presenter to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
  • 1943
    Born on May 31, 1943.
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