Namath was the first Qb of the AFC to win a Super Bowl; in just Super Bowl 3; when the AFC was considered a second rate league with
about as much chance of winning the Super Bowl as the Vegas odds were about 25-1. The Green Bay Packers had smashed and trashed
the First two AFL Super Bowl Teams as well as knocking out the Chiefs "Fred The Hammer Williamson"
"Hall of Fame.com" Wrote this about Namath " Joe Namath is best remembered for his performance in the New York Jets' stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game's most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks."
Namath's place in history was assured with his first pro football act, the signing of a reported $400,000 contract early in 1965 that gave the American Football League its biggest victory in the costly inter-league war of the 1960s. The National Football League’s St. Louis Cardinals had also drafted Namath. “Broadway Joe,” as he quickly became known, won a starting job in his third game on his way to AFL Rookie of the Year acclaim in 1965.
In 1967, he became the first quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season. In 1968, he capped off AFL Player of the Year and unanimous All-Pro selection with MVP honors in Super Bowl III. Namath's pre-game "guarantee" of victory backed up by his 206-yard passing production was a major factor in assuring the competitive viability of the AFL-NFL Super Bowl series.
Namath was plagued with knee injuries through much of his career. Still he completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards and 173 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Jets and a final try with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977. He enjoyed many exceptional days, one of which came in the 1968 AFL title game. He threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27-23 win over the Oakland Raiders that set up the dramatic Super Bowl III confrontation.
This was in the day of just 14 regular season games!!
Now you must put this is context with the 60's..... Perhaps he was a Hall of Fame person..... Many forget in his 4th year after his Super Bowl win " Broadway Joe" was publicly told he could not attend a certain nightclub that Namath had opened; by Pete Rozelle because some alleged Mafia bosses
frequently went to the same Club....... His attending this club was " grounds for suspension"!!
Joe Namath put his career; his money and fame, in jeopardy to hold an open press conference that he was retiring from professional
football; so he could live as he pleased (with a beautiful woman on each arm) !!
Its fun to actually see the NFL panic!!
Joe was not coming back!! Here's how Wiekepidia tells it
After the season, Namath opened a popular Upper East Side bar called "Bachelors III", with plans to open branches in Florida and Boston. To protect the league's reputation, the NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, ordered Namath to divest himself of his interest in the bar. Namath reacted defiantly, retiring from football during a teary news conference. Down at the NFL offices panic ensued. His presence on Sunday afternoons meant millions of dollars in television ad revenue. Working through intermediaries, a meeting between Namath and Rozelle was arranged. It lasted well into the night, and in the end the antagonists reached a compromise. Namath would sell his share of the New York Bachelors III only. He would retain his shares of the Boston and Fort Lauderdale locations, as well as any that might open in the future (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). After missing most of training camp, Namath came out of retirement and reported to the Jets.
Now Robert AP their were lots of people who became very famous for their stands on issues in the 60's.... Namath played with a broken Jaw against Oakland, was kicked off the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide for a game;" for missing curfew" and said it " was deserved'; then won the National College Championship!!
$400,000 was more money than anyone had been paid when he was selected #1 by the Jets, and the Jets have never won another Super Bowl.....
I won't argue he might not have the stats; but he was as more famous then than anyone who ever played the game, and we must remember its the Hall Of FAME!!
That's how Namath made it by doing commercial's with Farrah Fawcett (putting shaving cream on his face; without his shirt on; unheard of
40 years ago,) showing "no fear" after 4 knee surgery's; telling playboy he'd slept with 400 women at Alabama; (I was hoping for 40 someday (: And he never really had good running backs and Pudge is so right; back then in a 14 game schedule it was just very tough
to play Qb compared to today's easy rules for the offense.