Joe Namath

(Joseph William Namath)

Joe Namath
Joe Namath
  • Born: May 31, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete

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Joseph William Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", is a former American football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1962 to 1964, and professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. Namath was an AFL icon and played for that league's New York Jets for most of his professional football career. He finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He retired after playing 143 games over 13 years in the AFL and NFL, including playoffs. Due mainly to chronic injuries that undermined his career at its peak, his overall record is 68 wins, 71 losses, and four ties, 64–64–4 in 132 starts, and 4–7 in relief. He completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards, threw 173 touchdowns, and had 220 interceptions. He played for three division champions (the 1968 and 1969 AFL East Champion Jets and the 1977 NFC West Champion Rams), earned one league championship (1968 AFL Championship), and one Super Bowl victory (Super Bowl III).

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After I hurt the knee, football wasn't nearly as much fun. I was limited. But you make do with what you have. I adjusted some. I was lucky to play as long as I did, with the different kinds of injuries I got. I played with two severed hamstring muscles in my leg late in my career. I could barely run, other than to drop back to pass.
After my first knee operation, in January of '65 before I went to the Jets, Dr. James Nicholas told me everything went well and that I could probably play four years in the NFL. The surgery was trailblazing to a certain extent.
As a football coach, everything in your life comes after your football schedule. I just could not make that commitment. Life
First, I prepare. Then I have faith. Religion & God
How you recover from what life's throwing at you is what matters. Life
I am a football fan, yeah.
I believe in letting a guy live the way he wants to if he doesn't hurt anyone.
I can't compare family to athletics. Families, Children & Parenting
I couldn't do anything I didn't enjoy.
I deal with football from a realistic, logical point of view.
I don't care what a man is as long as he treats me right. He can be a gambler, a hustler, someone everybody else thinks is obnoxious, I don't care so long as he's straight with me and our dealings are fair.
I don't like going out on a date unless I know the broad a little bit beforehand. By the way, 'broad' to me is not a detrimental term for women; it's simply another word for female. Anyway, I don't really go out a whole lot, because there aren't many girls I like to take out and spend a whole evening with - at least not an evening in public. Women
I don't like to date so much as I just like to kind of, you know, run into somethin', man.
I don't think that I've ever been a backup.
I have no idea what my batting average was in high school, but I know it wasn't below .450, and that's pretty good hitting where I come from.
I have to convince myself I know what I'm doing.
I like music and I like ladies. I like to see them dance. Music, Chants & Rapps
I should have been thinking more about my family, how I raised my children, how I maintained life's work, so to speak. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don't think I could have reached the heights that I have in football - being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion.
I think that at some point in your life you realize you don't have to worry if you do everything you're supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can... what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can. Life
I think there's always going to be a problem dealing with firearms, with knives. It's the animal we are that cause the problems.
I took my time to find the perfect girl. Time
I was a very naive young man, and I may still be ignorant about a lot of things.
I was a workhorse; there was never a practice that I didn't enjoy.
I was born with the gift.
I was focused on athletics, outdoors, sports. Sports & Athletics
I was lucky enough when it came to sports and work ethic to be taught some basics that continue to be important. Sports & Athletics ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd rather go to Vietnam than get married.
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
I'm always gonna be Joe Namath, and I'm not running from that.
I'm lucky.
It feels bad to feel like you're not wanted.
I've always said I'm going to get married only once.
I've been some through some things medically. I've seen some things on my brain. But I've had some treatment - and I've improved.
I've figured out that life in general is a team effort; it's a team game. Life
I've tested life and I've learned what works for me. Life
Johnny Unitas was my hero.
Most of my recognition comes from us winning that championship. The words may not come out - 'Super Bowl III' - because a lot of the folks at the grocery store, gas station or mall weren't even born when we won the Super Bowl. But they're aware of it. It has had a tremendous impact on my life since then. Life
My ego's not the kind that says, 'I want to be an actor and be accepted as that.'
My family's the most important thing in my life. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
My philosophy in life, where I was trying to get, could have been a little bit different. Life
None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we're just not designed for.
Of course, in pro ball, they never hit the quarterback in practice.
Pressure just makes you go a little more. I kind of like pressure.
Something's been guiding me around throughout my life. Life
The name of the game is 'kill the quarterback.' Every football team tries to knock the guy out of the game that's handling the ball.
There are some things you only learn through experience.
There's an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue.
Till I was 13, I thought my name was 'Shut Up.'
Times have changed. The athletes have changed.
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.
Until my senior year, baseball and basketball were my best sports; and even when I was a senior, I still wanted to play baseball professionally. But the family wanted me to go to college, and I guess I agreed with them, or else I would have accepted some of the offers I got. Sports & Athletics ;Families, Children & Parenting
We're going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.
What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.
When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York.
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
When you win, nothing hurts. Success
Where I came from, sports were the only way to get out front. Sports & Athletics
Whether it's 18 years old or 40 years old, we think we know what's going on. But if you're lucky enough to continue the journey, its amazing how we keep learning how much we didn't know. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.