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Joe Namath


Joe Namath : Introduction:

Joseph William Namath popularly and widely known as Joe Namath is a former professional American football quarterback, furthermore, he played in the AFL and NFL, and through these achievements, he has earned the title of “Broadway Joe”, for his dedication and his power-packed performances. For his achievements, his name is used widely, in the history of sports. His name was flagged for his performance in the Superbowl III, Namath earned huge popularity after his name was attached with the teams like Los Angeles Rams and NFL (National Football League team). Throughout his career, his has played massively and his earned a name for himself. Throughout his career, he has highlights of participating in 143 games and has total of 68 wins with his team. Alongside his football career, Joe Namath has also starred in movies to showcase his acting skills with his off-field activities. He has also hosted Television shows like “here’s Lucy”, “the Brady bunch” other than that his popularity grew more in the entertainment industry after he hosted his very own show “the Joe Namath show”. And today in this article we will be discussing about Joe Namath and his achievements throughout his life. 

Early life and childhood of Joe Namath:-

Joe Namath was born on May 31 1943 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in a Catholic family, to Rose and Janos. He holds an American nationality and belongs from Hungarian ethnicity. Other than that, Joe Namath has three brothers named John, Robert, and Frank, and has one adopted sister, whose name is Rita Sims. He was raised in Pennsylvania along with his siblings. Unfortunately, his parents separated and parted their ways, and after their divorce, Joe along with his siblings stayed with their mother. Other than this not much information is available related to Joe Namath. 

Educational Qualifications:-

Talking about the educational qualification of Joe Namath he is an educated man, he had completed his schooling from Beaver High School. Joe was spectacular in sports like basketball, baseball, and football during his school days. Furthermore, he would participate in his school’s football team which would win WPIAL Class AA Championships.  And for his further higher studies he went to university of Alabama, and he played for his college football team. Even after his graduation, Namath received a huge number of offers to play for Major baseball teams, including the Yankees, Pirates, and Indians, and so on.  But rather focusing on any other sport he focused on building his career in football. He left his degree for his professional career and later he earned his degree in 2007 after pursuing his degree.

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College football career:

This college football career expanded from 1962 to 1964. He played for the team called the Alabama Crimson Tide football under the coaching of Paul “Bear” Bryant. But he was suspended for the two final games of the season. During his time in Alabama, Joe led his team to a 29-4 record over 3 seasons. Even his coach once called Namath “the greatest athlete I ever coached”, even some people speculated on what was anticipated for a stormy relationship, between a freedom-loving player and an iron-fisted coach. Namath even praised his coach by referring to “not only the smartest coach I ever knew, but the man who taught me the meaning of integrity”, and Namath was broken into pieces after his coach died of heart attack in 1983. Namath broke down during his speech that was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Fame in 1985. 

Statistics:-

Season

Passing

Rushing

Comp

Att

Yards

Comp%

TD

INT

Carries

Yards



1962

76

146

1192

52.1

13

8

70

321



1963

63

128

765

49.2

7

7

76

201



1964

64

100

756

64.0

5

4

44

133



Career Total

203

374

2713

54.3

25

19

190

655



 

Professional football career:

Namath suffered from knee injuries while playing for his college team in his senior team at Alabama, despite those incidents and mishaps. Namath was selected and was drafted by both the National Football League (NFL) and the upstart American Football League. But both of the competing leagues had held their respective drafts on the very same day. On November 28, 1964. Namath was selected by the NFL’S St. Louis Cardinals on overall 12th in their draft. On the other hand, the Jets selected him with the AFL’S first overall pick. But he was elected to sign with the Jets, who were under the direction of Hall Frame owner Sonny Werblin. Where his salary was $427,000. Namath’s name in the history is assured with his first pro football act and the signing which was reported for $400,000 early in the year of 1965.  

Which team did Joe Namath play for?

Joe Namath is best remembered for playing for the New York Jets. The stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl II. In 1967, he became the first quarterback who passed more than 4,000 yards in one season. However during his 13 year long tenure from 1965 to 1977 Namath has been one of the greatest who is known for his game’s most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks.

When did Joe Namath retire?

Most of his professional career was in the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Jets. Namath left the Jets in 1977 and signed with Los Angeles at the end of his career. Namath retired after playing for 140 games 62 wins, 63 losses, and 4 ties. 

How many super bowls did Namath win?

During the five AFL seasons, Joe Namath was a two-time MVP and for the two times, he led the league in the passing yards while he guided the Jets for the victory, in one AFL season championship, and thus has one super bowl in the year of 1969.

The stats of Joe Namath:

 

Passing

Rushing

Year

Team

G

Att

Comp

Pct

Yds

TD

Int

Rating

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

1965

New York Jets

13

340

164

48.2

2220

18

15

68.8

8

19

2.4

0

1966

New York Jets

14

471

232

49.3

3379

19

27

62.6

6

42

7.0

2

1967

New York Jets

14

491

258

52.5

4007

26

28

73.8

6

14

2.3

0

1968

New York Jets

14

380

187

49.2

3147

15

17

72.1

5

11

2.2

2

1969

New York Jets

14

361

185

51.2

2734

19

17

74.3

11

33

3.0

2

1970

New York Jets

5

179

90

50.3

1259

5

12

54.7

1

-1

-1.0

0

1971

New York Jets

4

59

28

47.5

537

5

6

68.2

3

-1

-0.3

0

1972

New York Jets

13

324

162

50

2816

19

21

72.5

6

8

1.3

0

1973

New York Jets

6

133

68

51.1

966

5

6

68.7

1

-2

-2.0

0

1974

New York Jets

14

361

191

52.9

2616

20

22

69.4

8

1

0.1

1

1975

New York Jets

14

326

157

48.2

2286

15

28

51

10

6

0.6

0

1976

New York Jets

11

230

114

49.6

1090

4

16

39.9

2

5

2.5

0

1977

Los Angeles

4

107

50

46.7

606

3

5

54.5

4

5

1.3

0

Career Total

140

3762

1886

50.1

27663

173

220

65.5

71

140

2.0

7

Additional Career Statistics: Fumble Recovery for TD: 1


The acting career of Joe Namath:

Other than being a professional footballer, Joe Namath has also earned his name in the field of acting. His acting career had a beginning in 1969 when he hosted the “The Joe Namath Show”, and this was just the beginning and he further transformed himself in the proper acting roles. Hence he began to appear in the stage productions, and following that he was also offered movies and got the play major roles, in the movies like “C.C And Company”. Apart from appearing in movies, Joe Namath has also appeared in the television series naming few of the television series they are “the love boat”, “married…with children”, “here’s lucy”, “the Brady Bunch”, “the flip Wilson show”, “rowan& martin’s laugh in”, and many more. And before these TV series, Joe was also seen in the TV show called “the Waverly wonders”. Other than this Joe Namath has also given voice over for a famous cartoon series called “The Simpsons”.    

Net Worth of Joe Namath:

There is no doubt that Joe Namath has one of the most successful careers in the history of sports. The former player is known for his great quarterbacks and his dribbling skills in the field. Hence the former New York jet superstar has made a huge fortune and has earned huge wealth through his professional career as a player, and other than that he has also earned wealth from acting and also through commercials. And according to the celebrity net worth the estimated net worth of Joe Namath is $25 million. but as of 2021, his net worth is $30 million.

Joe Namath and his rookie contracts:-

The rookie contract of Joe with the Jets was $427,000 for the term of three years. With $142,000 per year. Furthermore, in 1975, he made another record-breaking contract because it is one of the highest, in history, which was a two-year deal with $900,000 with the Jets, which is the same as $4.3 million and $2.15 million per year.   

Joe Namath and his fur coat:-

During the Hall of Fame quarterback. The presence of Joe Namath gets more popular and creates a huge essence of fashion through his fur coat. The toss coin got a lot of attention, not only because of the referee but because of the shiny and stylish Fur coat that the Jet legend was having on. 

A businessman:Other than being an outstanding player on-field and a fantastic actor on screen, Namath is also a businessman. Back in 1969, he opened a nightclub which was located on the Upper East Side of New York City. This club was called the Bachelor's III. This club gained massive popularity and was incredibly successful which in turn attracted many celebrities. But this club became the place for organized crime. Moreover, Joe Namath fell into controversies after he refused to sell his interest and establishment. For this incident, he later announced that he would retire and would return back to continue with his career. 

Brand Endorsements of Joe Namath:-

Apart from having a successful career, Joe Namath earned popularity in the industry through his brand endorsements and collaborations. Over the years Joe is known for endorsing many brands including Ovaltine, Noxzema, and Hanes. And back in 1975, Namath became one of the highest-paid celebrities as he had earned $1 million the previous year through his endorsements. 

Who is the wife of Joe Namath?

The NFL player had spent a bachelor life for many years, and back in 1983, he met an aspiring actress whose name was Deborah Mays during the voice acting classes. They both fell for each other and decided to tie knots in 1984. At the time of their marriage, Namath was 41 and Deborah was 22 years, the couple had 19 years of age difference. Although Joe was 19 years older than May, the couple were blessed with two beautiful daughters whose names are Jessica Namath and Olivia Namath. Moreover, Joe became a dedicated family man but unfortunately, their divorce took place and eventually the couple parted their ways back in 2000. After his divorce, his daughters choose to live with him.  

Controversies related to Joe Namath:-

If you are a celebrated personality then you are bound to have controversies attached with your name and the same has been in the case of Joe Namath. The divorce took place because Joe was struggling to overcome alcoholism. The tables turned down and things reached a boiling point the years after their marriage because of alcoholism as Joe continued to drink heavily. He managed to get control over his addiction but unfortunately, the divorce took place, and since then till now Joe Namath is spending a single life. 

Again back in 2003, Namath was drunk heavily before going on air with ESPN. The show was all about honoring the Jets team but things took a different way and all the headlines were related to Joe’s inebriation. The embarrassing moment took place when Joe just after one question correctly, from Suzy Kolber he told the reporter that he wanted to kiss her. But later on, he accepted that he was drunk and he decided to go for treatment regarding the overcoming of alcoholism. 

Where is Joe Namath now?

As of now, Joe Namath is currently living in Florida, and he prefers to stay away from the limelight. He is currently spending his time with his family members, he even stopped broadcasting years back. He now only spends time with his family and plays golf. He even doesn’t seems to find any interest in coaching nor does he want to get back with active football.  

Awards and honors:

1965 - American Football League Rookie of the Year
1968 - Hickok Belt Winner
1968 - American Football League Champion

1968 - World Champion
1968 - AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP
1969 - AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP
1968 - UPI AFL Player Of The Year
1969 - UPI AFL Player Of The Year
1969 - New York City Award For Bronze Medallion
1974 - NFL Comeback Player Of The Year

 

Physical stats:

Joe Namath stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 91 KGS. His hair color is dark brown and he is blessed with brown eyes. Overall he is a very stylish man known for his fashion sense.  

What is the age of Joe Namath?

As of 2021, his age is 78 years old. 

Some of the lesser-known facts about Joe Namath:

  • During his career, he has faced several injuries and has even had a knee transplant done.

  • After the divorce of his parents, he was raised by his mother.

  • As per 2021, his net worth is $30 million.

  • Apart from being a player, Joe has even showcased his talent in the entertainment industry too.

  • Back in 2016, he bought a property costing about $1 million on the Upper West Side of New York City, for his daughter and her husband. 

Conclusion:

As we come to the end of this article, we hope that you have got all the information regarding Joe Namath, he had a successful career and his story acts an inspiration for many footballers out there. Through his story and his dedication towards his career, it is definitely an inspiration for many.      

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