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Show Name: Interesting World of Sports
Episode #5: Broadway Joe
They don’t call him Broadway Joe for nothing! Follow us as we dive into the life and playing career of one of the NFL’s first superstars. Joe Namath was the embodiment of the 70’s with long flowing hair and big fur coats. Make sure you watch the new episode of the Interesting World of Sports Podcast to learn more about Broadway Joe Namath.
Segment 1: Early life
- Namath was born on May 31st, 1943 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
- Namath excelled in ALL sports at Beaver Falls High School
- He even received offers from several MLB teams
- Namath had many offers from Division 1 football schools and decided on The University of Maryland
- After being rejected by Maryland, he went to Alabama
- Coach Bear Bryant later said his decision to recruit Namath was "the best coaching decision I ever made."
Segment 2: Football Career
- Namath led Bama to a 29-4 record over three seasons and won the 1964 national championship.
- The St. Louis Cardinals selected Namath 12th overall in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected him 1st overall in the AFL draft.
- The AFL–NFL merger was the merger of the two major professional football leagues in the United States
- Namath would play for the NY Jets
- Namath won the AFL Rookie of the year
- He became the first quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season EVER
- He was an All-Star in 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969
- Namath had serious knee problems throughout his NFL career
- He led the Jets to the Super Bowl lll vs the Colts
Super Bowl IIl
- The 1968 Colts were looked at as "the greatest football team in history"
- The Jets were 19.5 point underdogs, the largest in Super Bowl history
- When asked about the game he famously said "We're going to win the game. I guarantee it.”
- The Colts' terrifying defense was unable to contain either the Jets' running or passing game
- The AFLs first ever super bowl victory
- Namath was the Super Bowl MVP
- His performance in the 1968 season earned him the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year
Segment 3: Legacy
- The NFL made a top 100 characters list, #1 was Joe Namath
- Some would say he set the bar for what a superstar was
- He was doing it back in the 60s and 70s when it wasn't heard of
- He was elected to the pro football hall of fame in Canton Ohio in 1985, by Coach Bruno, Namath's High School coach decades earlier at Beaver Falls High School.
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