When you think of athletes who have been innovators off the field in the media world, few have done it the way Joseph William Namath has.
The handsome, silky-smooth gunslinger from Beaver Falls, Pa, burst onto the scene under the watchful eye of the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, who would later refer to Joe as the “greatest athlete” he’d “ever coached.” That gifted athleticism helped lead the Crimson Tide to a 29-4 record over three years and the 1964 NCAA National Championship.
After leaving Alabama for the NFL ranks, Namath seamlessly landed on the world’s biggest stage and lit the lights of Broadway the way that few other athletes had or have since. He was immediately dubbed “Broadway Joe,” and lived up to the brand in every way from numerous television and commercials, to interviews and photo spreads.
Without question, on the field, Namath’s “guarantee” in winning Super Bowl III changed the landscape of the NFL forever. Namath’s Jets shocked the world on January 12, 1969 by defeating the NFL’s Baltimore Colts 16-7, thus proving that the upstart AFL, which the Jets were representing, could compete on the biggest of stages. The league would never be the same.
BroadwayJoe.tv is a place where fans of Joe can share stories and memories, but also a place where he, Joe, will interact with fans. If you want to reconnect with one of the true legends of the NFL, you can do so here. He’s just as excited as you are.
On behalf of Mr. Namath, welcome.