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Namath Takes In Tuscaloosa Tornado Devastation

Posted by Randy Lange on June 1, 2011 – 2:43 pm

Joe Namath celebrated another birthday Wednesday, his 68th, and each year my reaction is the same: How did Joe get to be that old? He doesn’t look a day over 25, which was how old he was when he and the Jets rocked the NFL’s world in Super Bowl III.

But the Orange Bowl and the Guarantee and the latest birthday cake have all been placed aside for now as Namath went on a somber tour of Tuscaloosa, Ala., more than a month after a deadly tornado tore Joe’s old college town apart.

“It looked awful from the air but once we were on the ground it felt even worse,” he wrote on his Website. “I want to try to express to you how familiar I am with the entire town of Tuscaloosa, but I promise you, we were visiting places I didn’t recognize.”

Namath has posted several blogs and Webisodes on his site since the April 27 disaster. If you’re a Jets fan, a ‘Bama backer or just an admirer of Joe’s, you can read up on his travels and his aid efforts at BroadwayJoe.tv. Namath also spoke briefly to the Jets and fans of the Green & White in a video on the Jets’ Facebook page last night.

Trivial Pursuit: Yearbook Edition

One of the activities we’re involved in here is putting together the Jets’ annual yearbook. And one of the activities within the activities that I love diving into is the compilation of trivia items, one for each player, which appears on that player’s full-color bio page in the 200-plus-page book. It’s similar to the blurbs that appear on the backs of football and baseball trading cards, just an interesting chunk of information to augment each player’s quick stats, bio data and action and mug shots.

And there’s something for everyone, from the big names down to the newcomers no one’s heard about yet. Here are a few of the factoids I’ve come up with, and I’ll pass on some more in another blog next month.

■ TE Dustin Keller posted career highs in receptions, yards, average per catch and touchdowns. In fact, he led the Jets with 55 regular-season receptions, the first Jets TE to do that since Mickey Shuler in 1985. Additionally, his 12.5-yard average is the best by a Jets TE since Johnny Mitchell’s 12.9 in 1994.

■ G Brandon Moore has made 105 straight regular-season starts, all as a Jet and all at RG — a streak that, assuming Alan Faneca (144 in a row) remains retired as he announced recently, will be the longest among active NFL guards.

■ In the season opener vs. Baltimore, DT Sione Pouha became the first Jet since 1993 to recover two opponent fumbles in one quarter. And his three FRs for the season were tops among NFL D-tackles.

■ Mark Sanchez’s .622 winning percentage (23-14, including postseason) as the Jets’ starting quarterback is the highest in franchise history among the 15 QBs with at least 10 starts, and his four playoff wins is two more than any other Jets QB.

■ Drew Coleman led all NFL cornerbacks last regular season with four sacks (and added a fifth in the playoffs). And his five forced fumbles equaled the franchise’s best by a DB in the last 25 seasons.

■ LB Brandon Long, signed to a reserve/future contract on Feb. 9, was born and raised in Canton, Ohio.


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12 Responses to “Namath Takes In Tuscaloosa Tornado Devastation”

  1. By Tom Spicer on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    There is a video just posted to the site of highlights for the O in 2010. Just by watching it you can see that Mark has the potential to be a star. He just needs a few things to happen 1 stay healthy 2 keep working hard like Rex always says he does 3 The Jets have to give him good guys to throw to. It just has to click for him these next 2 years will tell the story either his numbers are going to jump & he will be a star & we will be laughing about all of the debates we had about him or he wont get any better & the Jets wont make it over the mountain top. Right now I am looking at Mark as a college player his freshman & sophmore years are over & he is coming into his junior & senior years. If he wants to make the pros (become a top 12 QB in

  2. By Tom Spicer on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    the NFL) he has 2 years to step up & make it happen.

  3. By Jimmer on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the trivia Randy.
    I hope most of you caught Sione Pouha’s new show on youtube. It’s the only nfl you can get out there right now. It half reality show, half beer-money. Braylon Edwards shows up at times square after a tweet to all Sione’s fans. He may not have a contract, but looks like he likes his teammates,,,,,,

  4. By IRA on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    A very happy Birthday to Joe Willie and yes Randy you are coreect. How did Joe get to be 68? Man where has time gone?
    I love those tid bit facts.Keller’s #’s should even be higher and i think he will add to those this year especially if they move on from Edwards. I guess for all those Sanchez doubters out there a .622 winning % is not good enough.
    And yes finally my man Drew gets some love. They tendered him to a 6th rd offer and if it sticks i will be surprised if he doesn’t move on. I always felt Drew had the ability to be a good player and it took a coach like Rex to bring it out and make the best of his talents. Everybody including myself only talks about Edwards and the 2011 Jets WR’s.

  5. By IRA on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    This lockout really hurts Wilson and his developement into a quality nickel. Thats is why i think its so important for them to keep Drew.
    Every time i read or hear Mitchell’s name it just makes me wonder what if he had his head screwed on right. He might have been one of the best TE’s to play the game. The God given athletic talent he had was off the charts. Too bad he didn’t take advantage of it.

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Those stats all look good, now let’s get on to the business of ensuring there will be stats for 2011.

  7. By gmany3k on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Good one Tom . 2011 stats 32 losing teams all honey do’s are completed.new series life after football yr one.

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Glad you liked, it, gmany3k, ’cause that’s all I’ve got to say about football on this site or anywhere else until the NFL gets its act together and gives me something to watch between the hash marks…

  9. By Tom Spicer on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I had no idea Drew was putting up numbers like that 5 sacks & 5 forced fumbles for a corner are big time numbers. He had a better year than I thought.

  10. By GaryC on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Yahoo asking fans to sign a petition for them to bring back football, like the league and owners are listening to the fan.the only thing that the fans can do is when they finally get back to playing some football is the fans have the guts not to show up.to many apologists for the players and owners on this site.Let them do something for the fan,let’s say have a raffle and one fan per team gets free tickets for the year, not likely.the fans will scurry back with their tails between their legs like nothing has happened even if you are going to get shoddy football.

  11. By wayne on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    TomSpicer, believe it or not, you don’t have to convince me. I actually want him to succeed…..HARD AS THAT MIGHT BE TO BELIEVE…There are a couple to things I’m not real happy with this kid about, but outside of those, for a 2nd yr QB, his results have been reasonable.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne, I was not trying to convince you of anything I dont even know who you are. I was just making a statement on the site.

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