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Ranked one of the greatest players of the NFL, Joe Namath is a legendary quarterback

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 31, 1943
NationalityAmerican
FamousFootball Quarterback, Philanthropists, University Of Alabama, Sportspersons, American Football Players
Nick namesBroadway Joe, Joe Willie, Joe Willie Whiteshoes
SpousesDeborah Mays (m. 1984–1999)
Known asJoseph William, Joseph William Namath
Childrens Jessica Namath, Olivia Namath
Universities
  • University Of Alabama
  • University of Alabama
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Alabama
Birth PlaceBeaver Falls
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherR
MotherRose
Net Worth$18 million as of Aug 3,2016
Sun SignGemini
Born inBeaver Falls
Famous asAmerican Football Quarterback

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Who is Joe Namath?

Joe Namath is a former American football quarterback. He played in the AFL and NFL and earned the title of ‘Broadway Joe’ for his off-field activities and reveling. His name was flagged in sports history with his performance in the Superbowl III and he brought upon more attention on himself when he was selected to play for the Los Angeles Rams, a National Football League team. His overall career was an impressive one, but the highlight was when he once, confidently assured the Jets’ victory over the NFL team, Baltimore Colts. His predictions were right as he led his team to a stunning 16-7 victory. Throughout his career, he participated in 143 games and has had a total of 68 wins with his team, 71 losses, 4 ties and 173 touchdowns. He was inducted into the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ and is currently regarded as one of the most important former players of the NFL. Apart from his flourishing football career, Namath has also starred in a few selected movies such as ‘C.C. and Company’ and appeared on television shows like, ‘Here’s Lucy’, ‘The Brady Brunch’, ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘The Dean Martin Show’. His popularity in the world of entertainment grew so much that he even hosted his very own ‘The Joe Namath Show’ for a brief period of time.

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Childhood & Early Life

Joseph William ‘Joe’ Namath was born in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He was close to both his parents, but lived with his mother after the couple divorced.

While in school, he was spectacular in basketball, baseball and football. He participated in his school football team, which would go on to win the WPIAL Class AA Championship.

After he graduated, he received a number of offers from Major League Baseball teams, but he always wanted to build a career in football.

He was given a number of offers from Division I college football programs including Penn State, Alabama and Notre Dame University. After Alabama’s head coach, Bear Bryant’s offer, Namath accepted a full scholarship.

From 1962 to 1964, he played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team and led the team to a National Championship. After the death of his coach, Namath was left heartbroken.

He did not receive his college degree, which he willingly pursued much later in his life.

Career

He was drafted in the upstart American Football League and the National Football League on November 28, 1964. As NFL drafted him 12th overall and AFL drafted him as their first pick with the ‘Jets’, he decided to sign a contract with the Jets.

For the 1967 season, he became the first quarterback to pass 4000 yards in one season. The next year, he led the Jets to a 27-23 win over the defending AFL champions, ‘Oakland Riders’.

1969 proved to be the highlight year of his career, when the Jets had a 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts. This is considered one of his career high-points because he became the first-quarterback to ever win a national championship game in college, a major professional league championship and a Super Bowl.

In 1969, he also hosted his very own show, ‘The Joe Namath Show’, with guest-host, Dick Schaap.

After the season, he opened his very own Upper East Side bar, ‘Bachelors III’. However, since his reputation was at stake, the NFL commissioner asked him to dissociate himself from the bar.

In 1974, during a game against the city rival, New York Giants, he led the Jets to a 26-20 victory. Namath was then offered a chance to play with the ‘Chicago Winds’ from the ‘World Football League’. However, due to a certain demand made by Namath, the offer was taken back by the Winds and he continued to play with the Jets.

He was signed on by the National Football League team, the ‘Los Angeles Rams’ on May 12, 1977. However, his career with the Rams was not at all illustrious, due to a series of knee injuries which he suffered from.

He also briefly acted in a few films and television shows. He guest-starred on shows like ‘Married…With Children’, ‘The Flip Wilson Show’, ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ and ‘The John Larroquette Show’. Apart from television he has appeared on Broadway shows, which earned him his nickname such as, ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Caine Mutiny Court Martial’ and ‘Lil’ Abner’.

He was also a color commentator for NFL games, especially for the 1985 season of ‘Monday Night Football’. Three years later, he auditioned to host the show, ‘Family Feud’ but the role was given to Ray Combs instead.

He currently hosts, ‘The Competitive Edge’, a business show. He was invited as a guest speaker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on June 2, 2013.

Awards & Achievements

He received the American Football League Rookie of the Year, in 1965.

He is the proud recipient of the Hickok Belt, which he earned in 1968.

In 1969, he won the AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP.

He won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, in 1974.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Deborah Mays in 1984. While he was 41 at the time of wedding, Deborah was just 22 years old. They couple was blessed with two children, Jessica and Olivia.

They divorced in 2000 and following the split, his daughters chose to live with him.

He is known for publicly admitting to his alcohol problem. He even entered an outpatient treatment program for alcohol on January 12, 2004. He has written about his experiences with alcohol in the book, ‘Namath’.

Apart from his career in football, he has spent many years appearing as a rooter for golf tournaments and other causes, such as youth camps and football camps.

He also opened a number of bars under the name of ‘Broadway Joe’ in Alabama and New York City.

In 2006, a biography titled ‘Namath’ was written by Mark Kriegel and published by Rugged Land Books.

In 2007, he enrolled in the University of Alabama’s External degree program and earned his B.A. in interdisciplinary studies the same year.

Trivia

The ‘Jaw-Strap’ helmet was designed after this famous American AFL-NFL player fractured his jaw, when he was maltreated by an Oakland lineman during a game with ‘The Oakland Raiders’.

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Joe Namath awards

YearNameAward

Other

1968World Champion
1968AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP
1969AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP
1968UPI AFL Player of the Year
1969UPI AFL Player of the Year
1969New York City award for Bronze Medallion
1974NFL Comeback Player of the Year
1965 - American Football League Rookie of the Year
1968 - Hickok Belt Winner
1968 - American Football League Champion

Joe Namath biography timelines

  • // 31st May 1943
    Joseph William ‘Joe’ Namath was born in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He was close to both his parents, but lived with his mother after the couple divorced.
  • // 1962 To 1964
    From 1962 to 1964, he played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team and led the team to a National Championship. After the death of his coach, Namath was left heartbroken.
  • // 28th Nov 1964
    He was drafted in the upstart American Football League and the National Football League on November 28, 1964. As NFL drafted him 12th overall and AFL drafted him as their first pick with the ‘Jets’, he decided to sign a contract with the Jets.
  • // 1965
    He received the American Football League Rookie of the Year, in 1965.
  • // 1967
    For the 1967 season, he became the first quarterback to pass 4000 yards in one season. The next year, he led the Jets to a 27-23 win over the defending AFL champions, ‘Oakland Riders’.
  • // 1968
    He is the proud recipient of the Hickok Belt, which he earned in 1968.
  • // 1969
    1969 proved to be the highlight year of his career, when the Jets had a 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts. This is considered one of his career high-points because he became the first-quarterback to ever win a national championship game in college, a major professional league championship and a Super Bowl.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he also hosted his very own show, ‘The Joe Namath Show’, with guest-host, Dick Schaap.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he won the AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, during a game against the city rival, New York Giants, he led the Jets to a 26-20 victory. Namath was then offered a chance to play with the ‘Chicago Winds’ from the ‘World Football League’. However, due to a certain demand made by Namath, the offer was taken back by the Winds and he continued to play with the Jets.
  • // 1974
    He won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, in 1974.
  • // 12th May 1977
    He was signed on by the National Football League team, the ‘Los Angeles Rams’ on May 12, 1977. However, his career with the Rams was not at all illustrious, due to a series of knee injuries which he suffered from.
  • // 1984 To 2000
    He married Deborah Mays in 1984. While he was 41 at the time of wedding, Deborah was just 22 years old. They couple was blessed with two children, Jessica and Olivia.
  • // 1985
    He was also a color commentator for NFL games, especially for the 1985 season of ‘Monday Night Football’. Three years later, he auditioned to host the show, ‘Family Feud’ but the role was given to Ray Combs instead.
  • // 12th Jan 2004
    He is known for publicly admitting to his alcohol problem. He even entered an outpatient treatment program for alcohol on January 12, 2004. He has written about his experiences with alcohol in the book, ‘Namath’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, a biography titled ‘Namath’ was written by Mark Kriegel and published by Rugged Land Books.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he enrolled in the University of Alabama’s External degree program and earned his B.A. in interdisciplinary studies the same year.
  • // 2nd Jun 2013
    He currently hosts, ‘The Competitive Edge’, a business show. He was invited as a guest speaker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on June 2, 2013.

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Joe Namath's FAQ

  • What is Joe Namath birthday?

    Joe Namath was born at 1943-05-31

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    Joe Namath was born in Beaver Falls

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    Joe Namath's nationalities is American

  • What is Joe Namath nick names?

    Joe Namath's nickNames is Broadway Joe, Joe Willie, Joe Willie Whiteshoes

  • Who is Joe Namath spouses?

    Joe Namath's spouses is Deborah Mays (m. 1984–1999)

  • Who is Joe Namath childrens?

    Joe Namath's childrens is Jessica Namath, Olivia Namath

  • What was Joe Namath universities?

    Joe Namath studied at University Of Alabama, University of Alabama

  • What was Joe Namath notable alumnis?

    Joe Namath's notable alumnis is University Of Alabama

  • How tall is Joe Namath?

    Joe Namath's height is 188

  • Who is Joe Namath's father?

    Joe Namath's father is R

  • Who is Joe Namath's mother?

    Joe Namath's mother is Rose

  • What is Joe Namath's sun sign?

    Joe Namath is Gemini

  • How famous is Joe Namath?

    Joe Namath is famouse as American Football Quarterback