NFL Hall of Fame - Joe Namath

New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath
New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath

Joe Willy Namath

New York Jets Quarterback

If ever there was a player who could be considered a true superstar in the history of the New York Jets, it has to be Joe Namath. For sure there has been no other player more identified with the team, no other football player has ever been linked with New York and the Jets like "Willy Joe".

In his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 there no one can debate the fact that this quarterback was one of the game's most exciting, proficient and publicized sports figure. Who can forget his winning performance in the New York Jets' stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

The Guarantee

The Confidence of a New York Jets Quarterback

If I had to choose one word to describe what Joe Namath brought to the game, that word would be confidence. His guarantee backs that up as no one said it better

"I guarantee we will beat the Colts."

This was not a cocky or brass statement. The Jets were a 17-point underdog but again, when Joe said we could win, his teammates believed they could win. And win they did. Read on and you will understand why Joe Namath will forever be remembered as one of the greatest in the world of sports.

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Joe William Namath

John Rooney/Associated Press Joe Namath in 1971; other quarterbacks may have been better, but less fun to watch.
John Rooney/Associated Press Joe Namath in 1971; other quarterbacks may have been better, but less fun to watch.

Joe Namath Bio

Full Name: Joe William Namath

Birthdate: May 31, 1943

Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

High School: Beaver Falls (PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 19, 1985

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 3, 1985

Presenter: Larry Bruno, Namath's coach at Beaver Falls High School

Other Members of Class of 1985: Frank Gatski, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Roger Staubach

Pro Career: 13 Seasons, 140 games

Drafted: 1st round in 1965 AFL Draft by New York Jets. Also selected in 1st round (12th player overall) in 1965 NFL Draft by St. Louis Cardinals.

Transactions: May 12, 1977 – Namath signed as free agent with Los Angeles Rams.

Uniform Number: 12

Joe Namath New York Jets Quaterback
Joe Namath New York Jets Quaterback

Joe Willy Namath

An Impact Player in the NFL

Joe Namath had a huge impact int the sports world, he changed many aspects of the game of football. His career stats were quite mediocre, he had gimpy knees and many many surgeries, and so when you match his stats up to the great NFL Hall of fame quarterbacks many may ask why did he get in. And all anyone can say is that Joe was an Icon, a playboy, he was the first true celebrity to come from any gridiron players, just as Mohammad Ali was the first true celebrity from the boxing world. And he always played like a Jet.

It was a special time in the history of Football. He unified a sport, he unified a city, Joe Willy and the Jets owned New York and the NFL.

Joe Namath The QB

New York Jets Best Season:


Joe Namath's best season came in 1967 when he completed 258 passes for 4,007 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Motivational Sports Quote From Joe:


"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going."

College Highlights:


• Won Two Associated Press National Championships (1964,65)

NFL Career Totals:

• Passing - 1,886 Completions on 3,762 Attempts for 27,663 Yards and 173 Touchdowns
• Rushing - 71 Carries for 140 Yards and 7 Touchdowns


Joe Namath #12 NY Jets Hall of Fame Quarterback on Hubpages
Joe Namath #12 NY Jets Hall of Fame Quarterback on Hubpages

Video Clip of the NY JETS 1960 Super Bowl III

Namath in the NFL

AFL Highlights:


• Named American Football League Rookie of the Year (1965)
• First professional quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season (1967)
• Named the AFL's Most Valuable Player (1968)
• Elected to Four AFL All-Star Games
• Selected to One AFC-NFC Pro Bowl
• Named MVP of Super Bowl III
• Led the NFL in Passing Three Times
• Received the Hickock Belt for Professional Athlete of the Year
• Received the George Halas Award for Most Courageous Athlete
• Named Dodge Man of the Year
• Served as an analyst for NBC Sports and ABC's Monday Night Football.
• Named to AFL All-Time Team
• Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1985)

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Hall of Fame QB - NY Jets Joe Namath on Hubpages

New York Jets Miami Dolphins

Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969 Orange Bowl, Miami (Photo newyorkjets.com) #12 Joe Namath
Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969 Orange Bowl, Miami (Photo newyorkjets.com) #12 Joe Namath

Joe Namath and Bear Bryant

Joe Namath played under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama in the early 1960s. In three years, Namath led the Crimson Tide to a 29-4 record and three bowl appearances.
Joe Namath played under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama in the early 1960s. In three years, Namath led the Crimson Tide to a 29-4 record and three bowl appearances.

Joe Namath Greatest NY Jets

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Mustachioed Joe Namath shown at practice in 1968 with Jets coach Weeb Ewbank.Joe Namath led the Jets to a 16-7 upset win over the Colts in Super Bowl III. photo espn.comcirca 1970Image by  Bettmann/CORBISCirca 1970 Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Ann-Margret.  Image by  Bettmann/CORBIS
Mustachioed Joe Namath shown at practice in 1968 with Jets coach Weeb Ewbank.
Mustachioed Joe Namath shown at practice in 1968 with Jets coach Weeb Ewbank.
Joe Namath led the Jets to a 16-7 upset win over the Colts in Super Bowl III. photo espn.com
Joe Namath led the Jets to a 16-7 upset win over the Colts in Super Bowl III. photo espn.com
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circa 1970Image by Bettmann/CORBIS
Circa 1970 Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Ann-Margret.  Image by  Bettmann/CORBIS
Circa 1970 Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Ann-Margret. Image by Bettmann/CORBIS

Joe Namath Thru the Years

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Mickey Mantel And Joe Namath Open an Employment Agency 1968New York Jet quarterback Joe Namath is kidded by teammates Don Maynard (left) and Jim Turner (right) after he shaved off his Fu Image by  Bettmann/CORBIS1972 game poster of University of Washington Stadium game.
Mickey Mantel And Joe Namath Open an Employment Agency 1968
Mickey Mantel And Joe Namath Open an Employment Agency 1968
New York Jet quarterback Joe Namath is kidded by teammates Don Maynard (left) and Jim Turner (right) after he shaved off his Fu Image by  Bettmann/CORBIS
New York Jet quarterback Joe Namath is kidded by teammates Don Maynard (left) and Jim Turner (right) after he shaved off his Fu Image by Bettmann/CORBIS
1972 game poster of University of Washington Stadium game.
1972 game poster of University of Washington Stadium game.

Joe Namath

Hottest NFL Quarterback Ever

Before Joe got to the pros and became a New York Jet this quarterback already had a reputation. At Alabama he had been suspended as a junior when coach Bear Bryant kicked him off the team for drinking and messing around before the last two games of the season.

A very good looking guy, in today's world we would label him a definite hunk, worthy heading the list of the Sexiest Butts in the NFL. There was that certain star quality about him that is recognized by others. When Jets owner and former Hollywood executive Sonny Werblin signed the 22 year-old University of Albama star he said: “When Joe Namath walks into a room, you know he’s there."

Joe Namath

NFL Football Timeline

1962-1964- Namath played for the Alabama Crimson Tide where he was coached Paul "Bear" Bryant. In 1964, Namath led 'Bama to the 1964 NCAA national football title.

  • Nov.1964 The St. Louis Cardinals. After Joe Namath finished his collegiate career, he was an extremely touted young quarterback. The St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL drafted Namath in the first round, but Namath opted to sign with the AFL's New York Jets. In 1965, Namath was named the AFL Rookie of the Year.
  • Dec.1964 - Alabama quarterback Joe Namath receives an offer for a 389.000 the New York Jets of the American Football League. Announcement is made after the Orange Bowl game Friday night between Texas and Alabama.

Jan.1965, Alabama quarterback Joe Namath signed a three-year, $400,000 contract with the New York Jets of the American Football League, most of which came in the form of a guaranteed bonus.

Dec 1968– New York Jet quarterback Joe Namath is kidded by teammates Don Maynard and Jim Turner after he shaved off his Fu Manch mustache. Namath and some of the other Jets wore extravagant beards, mustaches and sideburns this season refusing to shave until they won the Afl eastern championship title.

  • 1968 -“Mantle Men & Namath Girls” opens. It was a short-lived temp agency that Mickey Mantle and Joe Namath opened together. Don Shula called Joe Namath “One of the five smartest football players I've ever seen.”.

Jan. 12, 1969 -Super Bowl III - The underdog NY football team wins at the big dance. The score was JETS 16, Colts 7. And as history has proven, Joe Namath backed up his "guarantee" of a victory over the Colts. He completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 206 yards. His receiving targets were George Sauer with 8 catches for 133 yards, Matt Snell went 4-40, Bill Mathis had 3-20, and Pete Lammons had 2-13.

Video of the Pre Game Show Super Bowl III starring Joe Namath

Video of Joe Namath on the Ed Sullivan Show

Joe Namath Green Reebok NFL Premier 1968 Throwback New York Jets Jersey

Joe Namath Always A Jet

 Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath looks on before the Jets play the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath looks on before the Jets play the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Joe Namath

Post Super Bowl Era

1969 - After the New York Jets' Super Bowl III victory, Joe Namath decided to open a Manhattan bar called "Bachelors III". It was a popular spot on the Upper East Side, but perhaps too popular. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle became concerned over the bar's alleged ties to big-time gamblers and other "unsavory" individuals. Rozelle ordered Namath to sell his interest in the bar, but Namath refused at first. In fact, Joe Willie threatened to retire rather than divest himself of ownership. In the end, a compromise agreement was worked out, and Namath sold his shares in Bachelors III.

1977- Los Angeles Rams. Joe Namath signed with the Los Angeles Rams in May 1977. He played in only four games in his final season, throwing three touchdown passes and five interceptions. For his career, Namath tossed 173 touchdown passes and gained over 27,000 passing yards.

1985 - Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Introduced by Beaver Falls High School Coach, Larry Bruno.

NFL Talk About Joe Namath

Former teammate John Dockery about Joe Namath on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

"He was a guy that came along and broke a lot of the conventions. He was like a rebel with a cause. It was like traveling with a rock star. He just was a magnet. He's attracting people. And mostly young people. And talk about excitement and energy. Wow!"

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Comments For Joe Namath 8 comments

Zach 6 years ago

Joe Namath is so overrated :)


Zach 6 years ago

Good Hub! Well written. Still say Joe Namath was overrated. Most INTS then TDS. Shouldn't be in the HOF.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Joe Namath was probably as famous for his infamous panty hose commercial as for his excellence as a football player. I don't remember his games that well but I'll never forget that commercial.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Zach - we all know he may have been over rated as a player but he did deliver .. and what he did for football is more of what his legacy is all about! Thanks for the thumbs up but I have to disagree he is a Hall Of Famer in MHO!

drbj - I dont remember the games from then either .. but like you I remember the pany hose and even more the best Super Bowl commercial he ever did was with Farrah Fawcett. . and some shaving cream . ."take it off take it all off"!!!


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I just love your NFL hubs. I hope you have more on the way.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

One of the most colorful characters to ever play the game.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

sam - one thing you can make a bet on .. is there is always more football on the way from me! I thought being that baseball season is underway I might stray and do a few. . but I tell you there is something about football that just cant pull me away .. and so, , yes yesyes more football to come . . the best part for me writing about the nfl is that I always seem to come away learning something new .. totally inspiring ! And reading your comments only drives me more .. thanks for that .. always a great pleasure to see you here!


FootballHistorian 5 years ago

Absolutely should be in the HOF. Back then offensive linemen couldn't use their hands to block. EVERY AND I DO MEAN EVERY, NFL passing play you watch in today's game would be a holding penalty if played by the rules of Namath's era. Joe played for some poor Jet teams in the '70s. They were always behind, had a miserable defense and were playing catch up. The QB rating system in the NFL needs to be overhauled. Namath threw the ball deep (greater than 15 yards) with more accuracy than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. The only knock on Namath was that he gambled and threw knowingly risky passes. Namath also called an excellent game. He called his own plays, including the Super Bowl. I just live idiots younger than say 50 who actually think they can comment on players they never saw play. The game of football was so radically different in the Early Super Bowl era that it barely resembles today's game. I'm not a Jets fan, but I have to say when you look at the best pure passers of all time, you think Joe Namath, Dan Marino, NOT Drew Brees, Tom Brady.

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