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