Broadway Joe. Joe Willie. The Hungarian Howitzer. Nicknames alone can’t express the impact and legacy Joe Namath brought to the game of football and the effect he had on pop culture. Ever since his unfathomable victory in the third Super Bowl, where he led the Jets to become the first former AFL team to win a Super Bowl, he signified the equality of the AFC and NFC, and his place among the greatest to ever play the game.
With an unabashed attitude, an irreverent fashion sense, and an arm that could dazzle fans across the country, Broadway Joe was the definition of cool. In what was a defining era of sports, Namath made the jump from the long established AFL to the newly developed NFL, and captained a Jets team that ruled the business capital of the world. Namath delivered a Super Bowl to the thirsty New York fans, in an epic showdown, and one of the most shocking upsets in American sports history. In Namath fashion, the quarterback guaranteed the victory himself, foreshadowing an epic showdown of grit and courage, a Super Bowl MVP and a long run of success down the road.
The Hall of Famer has countless accolades between the AFL and NFL, becoming an undisputed champion in both leagues. Broadway Joe spent thirteen years in the AFL and NFL, and is ranked number 96 on The Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Football Players. Namath was named AFL MVP twice and made the Pro Bowl in the NFL. Namath was even named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1974, with a dominant comeback season after leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns in 1972. Namath’s infamous Super Bowl guarantee before the 1969 championship game created his legendary persona, and his polarizing charisma would continue far beyond his football career.
Joe’s ties to his New York squad run deep as he currently serves as an unofficial spokesman and goodwill ambassador for the Jets, continuing to be a figurehead for the organization that he cemented in history.
Namath’s undeniable charm led him to an acting career after his football days were over, in which he starred in several movies including C.C. and Company, The Waverly Wonders and guest starred on many TV shows throughout the 60s-90s. Joe still makes appearances on TV today, working with different channels such as the MSG Network among many others.
Due to his on the field legacy and knack for acting, Namath became an advertising icon, doing campaigns both as a player and retiree with companies such as Ovaltine, Noxzema, and Hanes. In the late 60s and early 70s, Joe blazed the path for NFL players to earn endorsement deals. His unique personality and unmatched charm even led to a successful campaign with Beautymist Pantyhose. As of 2019, Namath is a spokesperson for Medicare and has represented Topps at a Super Bowl Legends Contest as well.
Through his unique personality, Broadway Joe has established himself as one of the NFL’s greatest players and has maintained a place in the spotlight for the better part of 50 years. This staying power has allowed him to make numerous investments helping both himself and others. While not working with the Jets, Joe likes to spend his time working with numerous charitable efforts. He devotes much time to the Joe Namath Charitable Foundation, which raises money for a variety of children’s causes, most notably the March of Dimes. To date, the organization has raised millions of dollars for various philanthropic causes.
Most recently in May, 2019, Namath released All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters, an epic detailing his glory days. The book covers fame, fatherhood and football, and tells the epic transcendence of his career, from a boyishly charming football player, to a titan of commercialization in a time of shifting social norms and culture. In the revealing tell all, Namath takes fans into his personal life, and the tumultuous background of the flashing lights and eccentricity of his storied career.
APPEARANCES: SportsCentury, 60 Minutes, CenterStage, ESPN First Take, Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Kelly, Mike & Mike In the Morning, Morning Joe, The Academy Awards, The Early Show, Mike Douglas Show, MSG Network
BOOKS: I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow…’Cause I Get Better Looking Every Day, Namath: A Biography, Namath. New York: Rugged Land Books, All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters
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