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‘Namath’ HBO Documentary Premieres Saturday

Posted by Randy Lange on January 27, 2012 – 11:59 am

The life and times of Joe Namath never get old. The Jets Ring of Honor member and pro football icon has been more visible this past year than perhaps he had been in many years, what with his regular radio spots and the launching of his own Website.

And now, as you’ve no doubt heard, it’s time for the next fascinating, nostalgic and revealing view of Namath with the premier of “Namath” on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on HBO.

We’ve heard favorable reviews of the 1½-hour documentary, most recently from people attending a Wednesday night preview in New York, among them former teammates such as Emerson Boozer and Richard Caster and Jets/Alabama compatriot Marty Lyons.

And why shouldn’t the reviews be smashing? The Emmy-award-winning team of NFL Films and HBO Sports collaborated once again to produce captivating Jets television, a year and a half after the 2010 “Hard Knocks” series. For “Namath” they took an unprecedented look at the life and career of one of pro football’s biggest names with superlative archival and behind-the-scenes video and audio.

And of course there’s the contribution from the title character. Namath was reported to be excited about the project even though he was uncomfortable about some of the episodes of his life that he relived during interviews for  the show.

Yet that is one of the greatest qualities about No. 12, Broadway himself. He has lived his life and has invited us in at every twist and turn. To me there is no greater gift an athlete in this world can give his followers than an open book to continue to keep up with him through the years.

Joe is as big as he is right now in part because of his embracing of new-media initiatives. And fans as always are invited to come inside and sit a while. They can venture to broadwayjoe.tv for Joe’s thoughts and comments about the show, or they can check out his Facebook page or communicate with Joe on Twitter.

Here are two clips from the HBO documentary that have already been posted on YouTube:

Super Bowl Strategy: As the coin toss approached, Joe talks about seeing Johnny Unitas and about his game plan.

Throwing Style: When Joe threw the football, you heard it and felt it.

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55 Responses to “‘Namath’ HBO Documentary Premieres Saturday”

  1. By SCfromNY on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am tired of Joe Namath. His time is long over. He did something special in 1969 but that was FORTY TWO years ago. Nice memory but no longer relevent.

  2. By uncle joe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Personally I don’t like the guy. Our coach went out of his way to make this guy relevant again and in return Namath did nothing but bash Rex in the media the whole year. Just go away!

  3. By uncle joe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I think Sanchez can do worlds better if he went into the season with Turner,Kerly Scotty McKnight,2 huge TEs and some other rookie WR. The key to his success will be FINALLY getting a TE that is taller than 6’2″!!!!! and having selfless players around him and an O Coordinator that makes things so complicated that players can’t just be athletic and play!

  4. By uncle joe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I bet with Sparano, scaling back and making things less complicated, Ducasse can finally get on the field and be our Right Tackle.

  5. By uncle joe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    If we can move back and still pick up Barron in round one,maybe we can use that extra pick to move up in round two and get TE Fleener. If we came out of the draft with S Barron, TE Fleener and 3-4 DE Derrick Wolfe and maybe,just maybe a WR like Gerald Robinson we would be back on track.

  6. By uncle joe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I have spoken. I am the guy who wanted Calais Cambell with the 6th pick instead of Gholston. I eventually changed that pick to Dominik Rogers Cromartie because we NEEDED a Corner BADLY and Cambell went in like the 5th round but look at him now. Might be the BEST 3-4 End in the league.

  7. By AK_Jet on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    What we need is open competition at the QB spot; Mcelroy vs. Sanchez. I do agree with you Uncle Joe that we also need selfless players around our QB.

  8. By wayne on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    LLLLlol!, you guys want to throw Joe out? You’d do this to another Joe? Then what are Jets left with? He’s the only legacy they got………Boys all they have to do is win a SB. That’s all……The man speaks the truth….Not just the party line….Part of it is that to get a sports network gig, you gotta be willing to hammer to nail. He’s nailed a few people, but deservedly so….Can’t say he’s lying…. And I agree with him……….This team is a QB burial ground…..Look at the QBs that have been successfully developed over the last 20yrs……Who else goes out, gets a QB they consider a franchise guy, then surround him with a bunch of questionable guys? Ones that succeeded had good support systems.

  9. By russ on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Sonny Werblin made the Jets…He drafted Nameth and coach Weeb Ewbank surrounded Nameth with players and won a championship..He was fired for not making money, and his name is never put on ring of honor…This team is all about making a buck..the rest is all talk….Thats the legacy of J E T S….

  10. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Joe’s not infallible and he wasn’t perfect, on the field or off. But one thing he NEVER did, for himself, the team, or anybody else, is make excuses for failure. Right now the entire Jet culture is about making excuses for failure from our failed HC to “Mark,” who looms as the biggest failure we’ve suffered since Gholston, all the way down to the strength coach. So don’t make me laugh with claims that Joe’s not relevant. Fact is, this organization has yet to catch up to his guts and greatness.

  11. By GaryC on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    jet fan tom, do not inflate Namath’s greatness,more interceptions than tds,remember when he threw the interception to Billy Andrews in the first Monday night game,the numerous six pick games that jet fans had to endure while he quarterbacked,don’t make him out to be montana or bradshaw.

  12. By GaryC on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    to jet fan tom, Joe won one championship with great receivers,something Sanchez did not have with your TRIPLE ACES,of Plastico,Holmes and Mason.

  13. By scjoe on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I can understand younger Jet fans throwing Joe Willie under the bus, they were not around when he not only put this franchise on the map but the entire AFL. They are given a pass, but those of you who were around and do remember, shame on you. That is all I will say on that subject.

  14. By Tom Spicer on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tom 64, To compare Mark to Gholston is a joke the guy did not have 1 sack in 3 years & is out of the NFL. As bad as you think the guy is he is no Gholston.

  15. By GaryC on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    to scjoe and jet fan tom, would it mean any less to say Matt Snell and George Sauer put the AFL on the map,just remember the game.and honorable mention to Dave Herman who went against Bubba Smth.

  16. By Kevin65fan on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    I read on other sites and here too where all it is statistics…STATS…must be Spicer on those other sites. Nobody is comparing Joe to Montana…or Bradshaw…TWO different era’s. Some of you are WWAAAYYY to young to realize what the old AFL was…competeing with the NFL at the time, their motto (AFL) wa s ‘BOMBS AWAY’. They wanted something different and to be a pass happy league. And back then to finish at a 50% completion rate was a good achievement. Way different times from then…Different in the 70-80’s…different in the 90’s…and different today. there is NO comparison…you just cannot compare against different time periods.

  17. By Brian Hendricks on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree with you scjoe. I can’t understand it. They have no idea of what that man mean’t to first his family, friends, fans, and the game of football as they know it today. It sickens me. They better get a picture of his Superbowl ring because that’s the only one they’re gonna see with the New York Jets on it for a while.

  18. By scjoe on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, No one ever said that Joe Willie was an “elite” QB, no one, including me, ever said that Joe Willie and Joe Willie alone was responsible for that “Miracle in Miami” on 01/12/1969 If you were to look at his stats (like Spicer always does:-) they were pedestrian at best. But what he did do was not only guarantee a win as 19 point underdogs, and guarantee he would pick apart the Colts zone D, but he went out and did just that, and by doing so he brought the NFL as we all knew it back then to it”s collective knees. THAT, is Joe Willies legacy, not being an “elite” QB. That said, Joe was still capable of carrying the team back then with his intangibles, something that can’t be said for our current QB.

  19. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, Kevin65’s comments pretty much cover it on Joe. But it’s surprising that you don’t remember how many more picks were thrown back then, especially under the AFL style of play, how the rules let DBs knock receivers off routes at any pt in the play, and how picks weren’t seen as nearly as big a deal as today. Back then, if you threw 3 picks but 4 TDs and won the game, no one even mentioned the picks. The main things, though, are that it’s miracle Joe played at all given the state of his knees, and also his leadership of the team in a style of play that led to the SB win. We need someone like that now. Spicer, I said Sanchez looms as a bust as big as Gholston, and I expect he’ll approach that status within the first 6 or 7 games next yr.

  20. By GaryC on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    guys, let’s get real,the early AFL wasn’t all about passing, have we forgot the early 70’s dolphins who ran and then ran some more,rarely using the wide receiver skills of warfield,so your only partly right about the early afl,and I know the two leagues had already merged but still the dolphins were the anti afl bombs away.

  21. By Diana Beame on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Namath was the best quarterback to ever play the game. If the NFL had the same rules then about roughing the passer that they have now he probably could have played great for a lot of years. The QB’s now have an easy pass, so there is no comparison. Unless you watched him play and saw how bad he was hit and how beat up he was but kept right on playing do not knock the guy. Joe was cool and he always will be.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, GaryC and the Jets’ victory over the Colts was the climax of the early AFL and in some ways the end of the era. Namath threw for 4,007 yds at 8-yds-per in ’68, unheard of at the time. OAK’s Warren Wells AVERAGED almost 28 YARDS PER CATCH in ’68, TE’s like BUF’s Ernie Warlick AVERAGED 20 PER CATCH one yr, and while there were great runners they carried the ball much less than in the ’70s and 1,000-yd runners in the AFL were pretty rare. Even Homer Jones on the Giants had some eye-popping avg per catch numbers in the ’60s. So us guys were majorly right about the AFL up to and including KC’s SB win over MIN, which also epitomized the AFL style from the moment Taylor caught the TD. It only started to change in the ’70s, after the merger.

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, GaryC, I see it was in ’69 when Wells averaged 26.8 p/catch. His lifetime avg in starting yrs on OAK is 23.3, his avg plus his 1 yr as a reserve on DET 23.1. Of course, even in much later yrs good but not quite elite WRs like our former WR coach Henry Ellard, who played from ’83 to ’97, were able to put up a career avg of 16.9. So to see Rex, Schotty, and “Mark” reduce Holmes to about 12 yds per catch this yr, reminiscent of the yr when J-Co and Coles both averaged 11, is pathetic. That’s another reason Sparano could end up interim HC after Rex stubbornly sticks with MS — at least he understands the thing him and Chad said about the need to get yds in chunks. As we all know, Rex says, “If it was up to me, I’d just run the ball.”

  24. By Kevin65fan on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Gary C…you need a history lesson. In the 60’s when they were competeing against the NFL..it was bombs away. In the 70’s now that they are playing against each other…things changed and teams had to be a little more run oriented and have a stronger defense. In the 80’s to 90’s came along the “West Coast Offense” where offenses opened up more…and of course all the crazy rule changes to have offenses open up even more.. Joe threw for over 4000 yards in 1967 in 14 GAMES. Hadl, Lamonica and even Blanda before he went full time kicker…it was bombs away. i am sure Tom64 can add to my QB list…

  25. By Mike C (fan since '69) on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Agree with 64 Tom and Kevin65 about the old AFL style of play. How ’bout a little respect for Broadway Joe…Rex and his coaches deserve to be thrown under a bus. The jury is out on our Way Off-Broadway Mark!

  26. By JETSFAN44 on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    i have to be honest i wasn’t happy when the jets moved up to get sanchez bc he only played one yr of college football and he crumbled in big spots even in that one yr. i am the first to admit that everytime he drops back to pass i hold my breath and my heart skips a beat bc you never know what you’re going to get. this being said he can be a solid not great but solid qb in this league he just needs to do 2 things. 1) please for the love of god learn how to read the safeties. first play against balt i saw reed within 3 yrds of line of scrimmage and i knew he was blitzing he should have to and threw into the blitz 2) STOP STARING DOWN WR’S if he can do those 2 things and not get crushed everytime he drops back next yr could be a different yr.

  27. By JETSFAN44 on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    if the jets blow this draft like they have done so often in the past than they will be a 7-9 or 8-8 team for a long time to come. they say their motto is best player available well sometimes you have to take the best player available that fills a hole in your team for instance why did we draft bilal powell in the 4th round last yr? im not knocking powell we will have to wait and see how he turns out but they had 3 rbs on the roster already and they drafted mcknight in the 4th the previous yr. mcknight looked terrible as a rookie with a little life at the end but still that pick could have been used to get more depth at other positions or maybe for once they would realize they need a safety who can cover unlike eric smith

  28. By GaryC on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    kevin65fan,I can give you some other names,Pete Beathard, Steve Tensi,who weren’t as prolific,like namath,dawson,lamonica.Maybe with the jets beating the colts with Snells running,when he came to the dolphins he thought to himself that is the way to go.Pound the football,Shula was ahead of his time as a coach.

  29. By scjoe on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Diana, you are exactly right. It was a privilege for those of us who were able to witness first hand how Joe Willie was head and shoulders above all the rest as a pure passer. He had it all, arm strength, lightning quick release, pocket presence, decision making (all the things our current QB does not have) the only thing that hindered Joe at all was 1- His health, and 2- his stubbornness to call the game his way rather then taking what the D would give him. It was my pleasure to sit in a cold and windy Shea Stadium just to watch this man play football, and he will always be #1 in my book in all sports. Sorry Mr Mays.

  30. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, Kevin65, I know from his other posts that GaryC knows who played for the old AFL teams before the merger and how they played, so I don’t really know what’s going on with him on this story. Maybe he’s just gotten a whiff of that bug that Spicer picked up whereby any mention of any QB ever who was ever any good and can possibly be said to have ever led a team to victory not only can’t be acknowledged but must be vilified at all costs and without reason because to do otherwise might bring more honest scrutiny on…poor little overpaid, under-skilled “Mark.” What a joke to see so many Jet fans and even people in the organization so unable to admit a mistake and move on from it.

  31. By Jet Blue on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Referring to Sanchez, Rex Ryan said Friday during a visit to the Pro Bowl practices in Hawaii. “He’s a great quarterback. … We’re going to be together a long time.”
    If that’s the case Rx, then you both belong on the unemployment line! Great QB??? What have you been smoking Rex? It’s become more obvious that the Ryan brothers are more like their dad then we wanted to believe. Eventually, when you can’t back up what you say, you need to shut up!!!

  32. By GaryC on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    jet fan tom, you make my point that it wasn’t only the AFL that was the bombs away league, you bring up Homer Jones, what about Sonny Jurgenson’s redskins,who can forget that 72-41 game the redskins and giants played at RFK stadium.Let’s face it, it was bombs away in the 60’s because most of the defenses were lousy,that is why the 1960’s rams with the defense and Gabriel, Jack Snow, Bernie Casey should have one at least one championship.

  33. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    It was bombs away with a handful of NFL teams, GaryC, including the ones you name but certainly not CHI, DET, MIN, PIT, or even GB, where Starr practically invented the dink-and-dunk. And even Ryan and Unitas didn’t quite air it out like AFL QBs, only Jurgenson, Brodie, Kilmer, and Tarkenton came close. I’d say check the stats but it was also a matter of watching the games. Jet Blue, Randy won’t print the 2 words Arte started calling Rex on the phone to me around 12/10 but I assure you, once Rex is fired and Randy finally prints them, you’ll see Arte was right. I think the odds of this guy learning anything OR changing are slim, I think Woody knows it and is giving him a Hail Mary yr to turn the team around, and I doubt Rex can do it.

  34. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, I mean MIN before they got Tarkenton, after they dealt him to the Giants, and before they got him back were a typical no-throws-over-10-yds NFL team. You know, the MIN that actually got to the Super Bowl with Joe Kapp, who couldn’t even throw accurately at 5 yds, at QB. That’s probably the kind of O that Rex would be cool with, one that barely has to score any pts thanks to a ferocious D and one led by a QB who can’t throw consistently well from one series to the next. Jeez, what a nightmare Rex has turned out to be! In an era when O’s get more and more explosive and NE turns their monstrous TE’s not just into leading receivers but RBs to boot, Rex bloviates about an average QB who learns at a snail’s pace and “ground and pound.”

  35. By scjoe on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    In regard to the old AFL, generally speaking it was a wide open kind of play. You can make the point it was way ahead of it’s time with the focus being on the pass rather then the ground and pound. It was entertainment, just like today’s NFL with the GBs, NEs, NO,s Det’s of the world providing it in the way of passing the ball and scoring TDs. Why do you think all those rule changes have been put forth to encourage the pass and scoring in general? Entertainment! That is why. That sells tickets not ground and pound and defense. Don’t shoot the messenger now. That is the reality of it. You know, like the WWF?

  36. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Good pt, scjoe, and the NFL is in no danger of shooting the messenger on the new pass-first style of play. Sure, you’ll see teams adjust and try to get bigger, faster LBs and DBs out there (we’re one of the teams that should be doing that kind of adjusting, of course), but you won’t see any rules changes aimed at reining in the passing game. Not when Goodell’s out there hoping to get a 22-game season on the air and played in stadiums on every continent…

  37. By GaryC on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jet Fan Tom, do not forget Danderoo and Bullet Bob Hayes for the long bombs either,another old nfl team.

  38. By DKM on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Im ONE of the younger Fans who never had the chance to see Joe playing, on tapes yes, he is a little before my time and im also ONE of the few who have nothing but respect for Broadway Joe, alone for the Fact that he Won a SB for my beloved Jets, no matter the STATS. Joes critiscism schould be heard around the Jets complex he knows what he is talking about. Period.

  39. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, GaryC, Meredith threw long more and better once he got Hayes, though I must admit that Gent was one of those ’60s TE’s with long-pass potential. That’s good to hear, DKM, and the best way I can put it to you is the football era that Joe played in would look unrecognizable to you compared to what you’ve grown up watching. There was no army of new guys coming in and out on every play, for instance, just pretty much the same guys on the field in almost all situations other than the “prevent defense” late in a game. But the biggest difference as relates to Joe was unquestionably how the rules favored DBs back then, believe it or not, letting them do practically anything to receivers anywhere on the field.

  40. By kleckofan on Jan 31, 2012 | Reply

    Had to put my two cents in here on Joe Willie. Sanchez could not hold Joe’s you know what! If only arthroscopic surgery were invented 40 yrs ago. People forget that out of Bama Joe could also move pretty well. As for the AFL legacy, in the 1970 season opposing teams’ fans lined the entrances to their stadiums and thanked Joe, and opposing teams had a kind of unspoken rule about hitting Joe dirty (Ben Davidson was avidly opposed). He put the league on the map. All of you who never sat in Shea should, must rent “Full Color Football” the story of the AFL, then you will understand why Joe is in the Hall…it isn’t numbers. Towards the end of his career he played a game against Unitas and threw for almost 500yds on just 15 receptions! Look it up

  41. By kleckofan on Jan 31, 2012 | Reply

    Here is an absolute must read article about Joe (part 3 of a series)


    JFT 64 et al, you will love this. Puts into perspective Joe being the first to throw for 4000yds, not broken until season was expanded to 16 games and 1.28 standard deviations above the league average! Maybe I was wrong about the stats after all… they also support his greatness when compared tohis contemporaries.

  42. By scjoe on Jan 31, 2012 | Reply

    Amen Kleckofan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for that great post, kleckofan, and yeah, who could forget Joe’s back-to-back 80-yd TDs in the BAL game to which you refer. I’d also like to mention that one reason Joe was given so much credit for winning the SB, per your remark about the season-long thank you’s the next yr, is because so many predicted that he’d panic in the face of the Colts D, throw 5 picks, etc. In fact, what he did was play an amazingly disciplined game — “game managing” it, ironically — even with a Don Maynard who was too injured to be any factor on O (but whom Joe used cleverly as a decoy, making sure one of the first plays was a bomb to Maynard). It’s this kind of complete performance that established Joe’s rep, and despite his career-long knee problems.

  44. By harry-o on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    one super bowl w/ joe
    thats more than most
    I ‘d expect 1 or 2 more SB appearances at least
    he threw many TDs …but many more INTs
    maybe that was the difference
    he was good though

  45. By kleckofan on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    Overall I thought the piece was fair, if too brief in regard to the pro career. I also thought it was unnecessary to spend so much time on the Suzy Colber incident…it was obviously very embarrassing and could have simply been referenced as an embarrassing moment in the nat’l spotlight that caused him to go sober (again, he hadn’t drank for 13 yrs). Joe was (is) a great guy with a whole lot more character and fortitude than the playboy persona gives credit for. To diss him is like a Yankee fan dissing the Babe; he is our one true star and the only legacyof greatness that we have. Plus, Racquel Welch and Ann Margaret, c’mon! (I know that feeds the sterotype, but….)

  46. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the link, kleckofan!

  47. By Mike V on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    The year after Namath retired (1978) the rules changed and defenses were no longer able to mug receivers as long as the ball wasn’t in the air… and unlike many rules prior, THEY WERE ENFORCED. If Namath had played under those rules the Jets probably would have won another SB or two. Even with all the bizarre injuries in the years after the SB (the #1 picks of ’68 and ’69 hurt before they played a game, Sample & Hudson hurt, Sam Walton flaking out, Verlon Biggs defection, etc.) the Jets were talented and would have had a shot in any year namath was healthy. For all you under 50’s out there, if you didn’t see Joe play you just don’t know how good he was. A few clips and stats don’t even begin to tell the story. JWN was deadly.

  48. By Steve D on Feb 8, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Namath can say anything he wants. He bleeds Jet green. He is to this day the closest thing to a franchise QB we have ever had. Problem with this team is Mr T and his obsession with selling PSL’s. Bringing in Farve, LT , Plaxico etal is motivated by his desire to fill up Met Life stadium at the expense of getting more talent on the roster. He fills in other spots with bargain basement players and questionable characters to keep the team under the Cap

  49. By Steve D on Feb 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Jets need another QB. Sanchez is never going to be the answer. 39 sacks, 18 interceptions, 8 lost fumbles ,countless batted balls and poor accuracy and completion percentage. If he cut those numbers in half we would have made the playoffs and probably won a game or two.

  50. By Dino on Feb 10, 2012 | Reply

    Guys that knock Joe Namath obviously were not around to see him play. He had intangibles that statistics can never capture. He also called his own plays. Yes, he did throw a lot of interceptions, but you have to consider the day that he played in. He was constantly going deep, which also kept the defences of the day honost, to say the least. I have been there when the Jets were down, Joe came in and electified the entire place…all on our feet. Defenses feared him, and his players loved him. He was what he was, but had to be seen to really be appreciated. Also, as far as his relationship with Ryan….turns out Joe was right. They need to listen to some of these guys.

  51. By ManWithnoName on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    Guys ask this question to yourselves when you bash current and old players
    Are We Really Jets Fans?
    i mean i thought a definition of a fan was to love their team no matter who’s playing even if the team is 0-16 or 16-0 you love your team, you respect who’s on it and hopes they can get better instead of criticizing every damn flaw look for the good in these players.

    -A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees

  52. By t p on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    It’s easy to understand that fans that are NOT 42 years old yet of maybe just a few years older don’t get “JOE”…

    Once you understand what he did against ALL adversity it will be clear why he is a Football ICON..He called the plays, he set the game plan against the Colts, not Weeb …he understood how to win and executed…he brought the AFC to the same level as the NFC,the weak and small Jets beat the #1 Team in the NFC , they were 17 point underdogs.

    Maybe you should all watch the Documentary and see what was going on..The AFC was not even considered legitimate Football compared the the NFC, that all changed after Joe. How do you think we got to where we are today ? History matters.

  53. By t p on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    MIke V above makes a great point..back then the QB could be hit anywhere, legs included, and they were…there were very few penalties, if any…Consider today’s QB’s playing with no penalties or being hit low…no roughing the passer…no 15 yard penalty for knocking down the QB shortly after the play or HITTING the QB on the helmet ! If you are going to compare todays QB’s..vs Joe, you must add that element into the play book…History matters..

  54. By Thomas DeNardis on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Randy”
    I followed “Joe” since 1965 when he praticed throwing footballs threw windows at a near by laundrymat. (Worcester telegram). He’s my idol,
    I did get the chance to meet him Here in Dudley, Mass as he ran the “Joe Nameth” football camp every summer for 25 years. Super Bowl # 3 was exciting as Joe delivered and made a big differance on showing that the AFL was as good as any NFC team.
    I was curios that in the article there was no mention of his football camp?

  55. By Polamalu on Feb 12, 2012 | Reply

    YES. Namath is great.but Namath is yesterday.

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