Category Archives: Joe Namath

Who is on your AFL Mt. Rushmore?

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June 8, 1966

I have been seeing various Mt. Rushmore-type lists for a handful of NFL teams recently.  It seems to be a trendy thing to name the four most important figures or players in a particular team’s history.  It got me thinking about who would belong on a Mt. Rushmore for the American Football League.  I had initially thought it would be a pretty easy exercise – Namath, Alworth, Blanda and Bell, perhaps?  I think the first two are pretty solid, but spots #3 and #4 would probably be contested. read more

Joe Namath Highlight Video

Like most other sources that document professional football, I have dedicated a fair amount of my posts on this site to the most well-known of AFL legends, Joe Namath.  Namath was a star and rightfully-so, his life has been well-documented.  Still, I was particularly moved by this video.  As someone who never saw Namath play live, clips like this are what I use to make my own judgments about a player.  Perhaps more so that in other videos, I was struck by just how beautifully Namath threw a football.  His dropback was smooth, his release quick and powerful, and the balls that he threw were seemingly perfect. read more

A Joe Namath Interview in Athletes Quarterly

1968 Topps - 065 - Joe NamathLast week AFL icon, Joe Namath, celebrated his 70th birthday.  As the old saying goes, where has the time gone?

In honor of Namath’s big day, Athletes Quarterly ran a great interview with the former New York Jets legend.  Namath talks about his early years, going to play football at Alabama, his time with the Jets, and his life today.  Enjoy.

Don Maynard or Joe Namath?

Autographed 1965 Topps Joe Namath

1965 Topps Joe Namath

I read an interesting couple of articles on The Bleacher Report the other day.  Phillip Schawillie, a featured columnist, took a look through the history of the New York Jets franchise and made his case for the 25 Greatest Players in New York Jets’ History.  Schawillie took into account a player’s longitivity and statistics, while trying to take all positions (special teams included) into consideration.  He did an admirable job, and a number of AFL-era men (in bold) made his list.  The rankings were as follows: read more

Booing Joe Namath at Shea in 1968 – My Only Regular Season AFL Game

Most of Dave Steidel’s articles are wonderful research-based pieces on AFL games, players or events.  This one is a bit different, as it is more of a personal recollections.  However, as with all of his pieces, this one is great!

It was August, 1968 and I was ready to begin my freshman year of college.  While scouring the baseball box scores one morning I noticed a small blurb in one of the bottom corners of the sports page.  A group from Mack Trucks (Allentown was the national manufacturing headquarters) had a few openings on a bus trip they were running to New York on October 5th to see the Jets host the San Diego Chargers.  I was on it like white on rice!  Three of my friends and I locked in to see our first AFL regular season game on that fall Saturday evening in Queens!  The bus was filled with Mack Teamsters who generally seemed more anxious to rip open some flip tops of Rheingold Extra Dry than they were to experience Joe and Jets taking on the lightning bolts, but for these four 17 year olds it was our virgin trip to the big city on our own, and we were going to make the most of it. read more