JOE NAMATH

JOE NAMATH

Class of 1985
Quarterback >>> 6-2, 200
(Alabama)
1965-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams

Joseph William Namath. . .Celebrated $400,000 signing coup of 1965 AFL New York Jets. . .Backed up "guarantee" of victory by engineering stunning 16-7 upset of Colts in Super Bowl III. . .Passed for 27,663 yards, 173 TDs. . .First to pass more than 4,000 yards one season. . . Three TD passes in 1968 AFL title game. . .Named to AFL all-time team. . .1968 AFL Player of Year. . .Elected to four AFL All-Star games, one AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. . .Born May 31, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Joe Namath is best remembered for his performance in the New York Jets' stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game's most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks.

Namath's place in history was assured with his first pro football act, the signing of a reported $400,000 contract early in 1965 that gave the American Football League its biggest victory in the costly inter-league war of the 1960s. The National Football League’s St. Louis Cardinals had also drafted Namath. “Broadway Joe,” as he quickly became known, won a starting job in his third game on his way to AFL Rookie of the Year acclaim in 1965.

In 1967, he became the first quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season. In 1968, he capped off AFL Player of the Year and unanimous All-Pro selection with MVP honors in Super Bowl III. Namath's pre-game "guarantee" of victory backed up by his 206-yard passing production was a major factor in assuring the competitive viability of the AFL-NFL Super Bowl series.

Namath was plagued with knee injuries through much of his career. Still he completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards and 173 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Jets and a final try with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977. He enjoyed many exceptional days, one of which came in the 1968 AFL title game. He threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27-23 win over the Oakland Raiders that set up the dramatic Super Bowl III confrontation.

Namath earned all-league accolades four times in his career (1967, 1968, 1969, and 1972) and was named to the all-time AFL honor team in 1969. He was also elected to four AFL all-star games and one AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1965 New York Jets
13
340
164
48.2
2220
18
15
68.8
8
19
2.4
0
1966 New York Jets
14
471
232
49.3
3379
19
27
62.6
6
42
7.0
2
1967 New York Jets
14
491
258
52.5
4007
26
28
73.8
6
14
2.3
0
1968 New York Jets
14
380
187
49.2
3147
15
17
72.1
5
11
2.2
2
1969 New York Jets
14
361
185
51.2
2734
19
17
74.3
11
33
3.0
2
1970 New York Jets
5
179
90
50.3
1259
5
12
54.7
1
-1
-1.0
0
1971 New York Jets
4
59
28
47.5
537
5
6
68.2
3
-1
-0.3
0
1972 New York Jets
13
324
162
50
2816
19
21
72.5
6
8
1.3
0
1973 New York Jets
6
133
68
51.1
966
5
6
68.7
1
-2
-2.0
0
1974 New York Jets
14
361
191
52.9
2616
20
22
69.4
8
1
0.1
1
1975 New York Jets
14
326
157
48.2
2286
15
28
51
10
6
0.6
0
1976 New York Jets
11
230
114
49.6
1090
4
16
39.9
2
5
2.5
0
1977 Los Angeles
4
107
50
46.7
606
3
5
54.5
4
5
1.3
0
Career Total
140
3762
1886
50.1
27663
173
220
65.5
71
140
2.0
7
Additional Career Statistics: Fumble Recovery for TD: 1

Championship Games

1968 AFL – New York Jets 27, Oakland Raiders 23
Namath started at quarterback. He completed 19 of 49 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also had one rush for 14 yards.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
Namath started at quarterback. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

All-Pro: 1968 (PFWA), 1969 (NEA)

All-AFL: 1967 (NEA, NY), 1968 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY, SN, PW), 1969 (NEA, NY)

All-AFL Second Team: 1966 (NEA), 1967 (AP, UPI, SN), 1969 (AP, UPI, SN)

All-NFL: 1972 (PFWA, NEA, PW)

All-NFL Second Team: 1972 (AP)

All-AFC: 1972 (UPI, SN)

(5) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970*, 1973*

* Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 1977 season)

• [1st] Most Yards Passing, Season – 4,007 (1967)
• [2nd] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 62 (vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18, 1970)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most 3,000 or More Yards Passing, Season – 3 (1966-68)
• [3rd] Most Pass Attempts, Season – 491 (1967)
• [3rd] Most Yards Passing, Game – 496 (vs. Baltimore, Sept. 24, 1972)
• [3rd] Most Games, 300 or More Yards Passing, Career – 21
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 60 (vs. Denver, Dec. 3, 1967)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Completions, Game – 34 (vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18, 1970)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Consecutive Completions, Game – 15 (vs. Miami (12) Oct. 12; vs. Boston (3) Oct. 29, 1967)

Super Bowl Records

• [1st] Fewest Interceptions, Game – 0 (Super Bowl III)

AFL/AFC Championship Game Records

• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 49 (vs. Oakland, Dec. 28, 1968)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 3 (vs. Oakland, Dec. 28, 1968)

Jets’ records held by Namath
(Records through the 1976 season, Namath’s final season with New York)

• [1st] Most Passes Attempts, Game - 62 (vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18, 1970)
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Season – 491 (1967)
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Career – 3,655
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Game – 34 (vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18, 1970)
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Season – 258 (1967)
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Career – 1,836
• [1st] Most Yards Passing, Game – 496 (vs. Baltimore, Sept. 24, 1972)
• [1st] Most Yards Passing, Season – 4,007 (1967)
• [1st] Most Yards Passing, Career – 27,057
• [1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 6 (at Baltimore, Sept. 24, 1972)
• [1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 170
• [1st] Most Pass Interceptions, Game – 6 (vs. Houston, Oct. 15, 1967; vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18, 1970; vs. Miami, Oct. 19, 1975)
• [1st] Most Pass Interceptions, Career – 215
• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdown Passes, Season – 26 (1967)
• [2nd] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 60 (vs. Denver, Dec. 3, 1967)
• [2nd] Most Pass Attempts, Season – 471 (1966)
• [2nd] Most Pass Completions, Season – 232 (1966)
• [2nd] Most Yards Passing, Game – 415 (vs. Miami, Oct. 1, 1967)
• [2nd] Most Yards Passing, Season – 3,379 (1966)
• [2nd] Most Touchdown Passes, Season – 20 (1974)
• [2nd] Most Pass Interceptions, Game – 5 (five times)
• [2nd] Most Pass Interceptions, Season – 28 (1967, 1975)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Pass Completions, Game – 29 (at San Diego, Sept. 28, 1969)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 5 (vs. Houston, Sept. 18, 1966)
• [3rd] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 56 (at Boston, Oct. 2, 1966)
• [3rd] Most Yards Passing, Game – 403 (at Oakland, Dec. 11, 1972)
• [3rd] Most Yards Passing, Season – 3,147 (1968)
• [3rd] Most Pass Interceptions, Season – 27 (1966)

AFC Statistical Championships
Passing Touchdown Leader: 1972

Team Statistical Championships
Passing Titles: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976

• All-Time AFL Team
• Super Bowl III MVP
• 1965 AFL Rookie of the Year (UPI, SN)
• 1968 AFL Player of the Year (UPI, SN, PW)
• 1969 AFL Player of the Year (AP)
• 1974 Comeback Player of the Year (PFWA)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1965 New York Jets 5 8 1 (3rd)
1966 New York Jets 6 6 2 (3rd)
1967 New York Jets 8 5 1 (2nd)
1968 New York Jets 11 3 0 (1st)
1969 New York Jets 10 4 0 (1st)
1970 New York Jets 4 10 0 (3rd)
1971 New York Jets 6 8 0 (4th)
1972 New York Jets 7 7 0 (2nd)
1973 New York Jets 4 10 0 (4th)
1974 New York Jets 7 7 0 (4th)
1975 New York Jets 3 11 0 (4th)
1977 Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 (1st)

 

Full Name: Joe William Namath

Birthdate: May 31, 1943

Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

High School: Beaver Falls (PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 19, 1985

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 3, 1985

Presenter: Larry Bruno, Namath's coach at Beaver Falls High School

Other Members of Class of 1985: Frank Gatski, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Roger Staubach

Pro Career: 13 Seasons, 140 games

Drafted: 1st round in 1965 AFL Draft by New York Jets. Also selected in 1st round (12th player overall) in 1965 NFL Draft by St. Louis Cardinals.

Transactions: May 12, 1977 – Namath signed as free agent with Los Angeles Rams.

Uniform Number: 12

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