Joe Namath kills it with fur coat at Super Bowl

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Joe Namath was at the Super Bowl to do the coin toss before the game, and the guy was just killing it with his fur coat. Look at him, 70 years old and still stylin’ and profilin’ like a boss. All he was missing was a couple of honeys on his arms.

Oh wait …

Of course Namath couldn’t have the coin toss go down smoothly. He tossed the coin too early and the referee had to catch his toss. Hey, Joe, it’s usually customary to have a team call the coin toss before you throw it.

Oh, and Broadway Joe, what animal is that, elk?

Also see: Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Joe Namath

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.

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Joe Namath rips Jets for misleading fans, saying team is good

Joe-Namath-Mark-Sanchez-sensationalJoe Namath has blasted the New York Jets for various reasons over the past several years. It’s unclear if Broadway Joe is just attempting to remain in the spotlight or legitimately hates the way the current ownership group is running the team, but he feels the need to be heard. On Thursday, Namath took aim at the Jets once again and criticized them for misleading the fans.

“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” he told our friends Boomer and Carton on WFAN in New York. “They haven’t played up to how they’ve been touted. And so I think they’ve misled the fans more or less. They’ve made some bad decisions on personnel the last couple of years.”

As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio pointed out, the Jets’ brass doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to hyping up the team. No team is going to come out and admit that it expects the product to be disappointing this year, otherwise they would have an incredibly tough time selling tickets.

Namath also acknowledged that his relationship with the team has gotten to the point where it’s “uncomfortable,” noting that he and owner Woody Johnson have not been on good terms for a few years.

“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath explained. “Uncomfortable. Because I was saying earlier, you don’t like to hear negative things, negative vibes, and Woody I’m sure doesn’t like the criticism. I mean, when we’ve brushed shoulders in the past it hasn’t been the same as it was originally. We don’t talk — ‘Hi, how are ya?’ “

Namath basically criticizes everything the Jets do, the most recent example of which came when he blasted them for their approach in the draft last month. Aside from Mark Sanchez, who Namath supports unconditionally for whatever reason, there are few people within the organization he has been pleased with. As a fan, you can’t really blame him. As someone who is a Jets icon, it’s getting to the point where I wish Namath would just go away.

Joe Namath: Jets did not need to draft Geno Smith

Geno SmithJoe Namath is one of very few Mark Sanchez supporters left in the country that are not related to the former USC star, which is surprising considering how critical the Hall of Famer has been of the New York Jets over the past several years. For whatever reason, Namath thinks Sanchez is capable of getting it done.

Geno Smith was expected by many — especially himself — to be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 draft. For that reason, the Jets thought he presented tremendous value at No. 39 overall. Not surprisingly, Namath thinks it was a wasted pick.

“No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” he said Tuesday according to the NY Daily News. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”

Namath is not the only one who feels that way, but at the same time there are not many people in Jets nation who feel comfortable with Sanchez as their quarterback. Broadway Joe praised Smith for being a “sensational athlete,” but he made it clear he is still high on Sanchez.

“I am pulling for (Sanchez),” he said. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.

“I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy.”

Perhaps Namath knows something we don’t. Or maybe Sanchez’s new high-profile quarterback coach has done more for him than we could ever imagine. We know one Pro Bowl receiver isn’t buying it, and neither am I.

That being said, I’m not all that high on Smith at the moment either. Regardless of who the Jets starter is at the end of training camp, their defense will likely have to be closer to the caliber it was when they reached back-to-back AFC championship games if they want to contend.

Joe Namath rips Jets again: ‘They seem more interested in headlines than winning’

Joe Namath has tried to be nice to the Jets. But like an ex-girlfriend who just never seems to get over a mutual breakup, he just can’t pull it off. Namath has flip-flopped on his stance regarding the Jets so many times over the past year that it would be fair to wonder if he’s starting to get senile. During an interview with Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday, he was back to ripping his former team.

“I’m concerned with how the Jets are trying to build a team and win a championship,” Namath said according to Schein’s Twitter account. “They seem more interested in the headlines.”

That stance is consistent with the way Namath reacted after the Jets traded for Tim Tebow, calling it a “tremendous distraction” that the team would regret. This is also the same Broadway Joe who recently had nothing but good things to say about Mark Sanchez, but now he is questioning whether or not New York’s offense can succeed.

“The only reason to run the wild cat is if your offense isn’t working,” Namath said.

I think it’s pretty obvious that the Jets offense wasn’t working last season, as evidenced by the signing of Tony Sparano and the Tebow trade. Obviously they are looking to shake it up, and Namath is not alone in thinking the Jets will struggle. Broadway Joe also went on to say that he thinks the defense is good enough for New York to win nine or 10 games, so that must have been the Namath that feels horrible about his relationship with the team talking.

There’s plenty of truth to everything Namath said. Jets fans are just tired of hearing it from him.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Joe Namath thinks drinking beer in the morning led to his dismissal as Monday Night Football broadcaster

I finally got a chance to watch the HBO documentary “Namath” on Joe Namath today, and it was excellent. Being born after Namath was done playing, I had heard or read a lot of stories about him, but watching the film gave much better context to his life.

One of the more interesting stories shared in the documentary was about Namath’s short stint as a Monday Night Football broadcaster. Namath only lasted one year on the job, and he believes it was due to his drinking problem.

“One night we had a sponsor’s get together and we had an early flight in the morning,” Namath said. “Whenever I got up ready to go to the airport, I was thirsty, so I got a couple of cans of beer. I put one in my pocket, I popped the other one, and I went out front to get in the car.

“In the car, [I said to] the gentleman sitting there, ‘How you doing?’ I offered him a beer and he declined. He seemed like he was in a little cranky mood at the time.

“Frank Gifford told me, ‘That was your boss,’” Namath continued.

“And that’s probably why I lost my job,” said Namath.

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Joe Namath: Mark Sanchez is ‘sensational,’ better for the Jets than Tim Tebow

If you are a member of the Jets organization and Joe Namath has something nice to say about you, you must be pretty special. Over the past several years, Namath has done nothing but blast the Jets. Nobody really knows why. However, Broadway Joe had some very positive things to say about Mark Sanchez at a United Way function Tuesday night.

“Mark knows he’s a better quarterback (than Tim Tebow), and bring on the competition.” Namath said according to the NY Post. “Mark is sensational. He’s going to be much better.”

Namath added that he would be “tickled to death” if he was in Sanchez’s shoes and the team decided to trade for someone like Tebow. Of course, he couldn’t make his point without throwing in a plug for himself.

“(Sanchez is) going into his fourth year,” Namath said. “Golly, I remember a team that won a championship with a quarterback in his fourth year. Let’s hope that happens again.”

While Namath made it clear he believes Sanchez is a better option than Tebow, he backed off his criticism of the Jets for making the trade. A couple of months ago when the move was first made, he said it would be a major distraction for the organization. Now, Broadway Joe seems to have changed his tune — once again.

“The Jets have something up their sleeve,” he said. “At any rate, Tebow is a positive. In any way you add him to the organization, he’s a positive.”

Talk about a complete change of heart. Make up your mind, Joe — 68 is too young to be senile.

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