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:
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