Joe Namath was known for being a ladies’ man throughout his playing career, but he had nothing on Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to scoring.
Deadspin dug up an old interview Broadway Joe did with Playboy in Dec. 1969, and it is fantastic. The interview delves into the workings of Namath’s New York nightclub Bachelor III and its potential mafia ties, Namath’s days in college, his time in the pros, and sex. There’s a lot of talk about sex.
Reading through the interview, Namath’s classic confidence shines through, as does his knowledge of football. You can really understand what made him so successful as a quarterback.
There are a ton of great nuggets in the interview that would make for great blog posts. For instance, Namath was a great baseball player and said he wanted to turn pro and “take the money and run,” but his family wanted him to go to college instead. He says he didn’t consider Notre Dame for college because they didn’t have any girls on campus. He ended up at Alabama because he didn’t qualify academically for Maryland, so former Terps coach Tom Nugent passed him along to Bear Bryant. If you have time, you should really read the whole thing.
But let’s get into the really juicy stuff.