“Football is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.” – Joe Namath
Joe Namath is a former professional American Football player and an actor. He is more famous by his nickname “Broadway Joe”. He plays for the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during 1960 to 1970 as a specialized Quarterback. In 1985, He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is considered as the American Football League’s icon. Most of his professional football career he played for New York Jets. In 1985, he was also selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Joseph William Namath popularly known as Joe Namath was born on 31 May, 1943 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Namath belongs to a Catholic family. He is son of Rose and János Andrew Namath, who is a steelworker. Namath has three brothers and a sister, where he was the youngest among all. After his parents divorced, he lived with his mother. Namath was always a sports lover.
He went to Beaver Falls High School in, Pennsylvania, United States. During his school time he took participate in different kinds of sports. He played as a guard for Basketball team, as a standout quarterback for Football team and he also played as a outfielder for the Baseball team. During his high school, he was famous for his dunks shorts in basketball and during those days nobody knew about this short in his school. That’s what made him famous and unique in his school.
His high school football team at Beaver Falls had won the WPIAL Class AA championship with the record breaking score of 9–0 in 1960. That time he was trained by the coach Larry Bruno and later coach Larry also represented him in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Initially Namath wanted to be a baseball player like his idol Roberto Clemente but as his mother wanted him to be in collage he choose football over baseball.
Namath was married to an actress Deborah Mays in 1984. His wife is almost twenty one years younger than Namath. The couple was blessed with two beautiful daughters named Jessica and Olivia. After sixteen year of their married life, the couple get divorced in 2000. Namath’s family grabbed the media attention, when his sixteen years old daughter Olivia gave birth to her first child Natalia in May, 2007. He was graduated at the age of 64 from the University of Alabama.
During his initial college football career between 1962 and 1964, Namath played as a quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide under Bryant along with his offensive coordinator, Howard Schnellenberger. In the year 1964 Namath led his team to National championship. Namath led his team to 29-4 record margin victory during his collage time for University of Alabama.
Once Bryant quoted for Namath “the greatest athlete I ever coached”. During the 1968 AFL title game, his incredible performance rewarded him as a top professional athlete of the year. His game winning performance was when he defeats Baltimore Colts by scoring 16–7 in Super Bowl III in 1969. Apart from his successful football career he was also appeared in several Hollywood movies and television series.
Some of his famous movies and TV series are C.C. and Company, The Waverly Wonders, Here’s Lucy, The Brady Bunch, The A-Team, The Simpsons, The John Larroquette Show and many more. His 1969’s famous talk show The Joe Namath Show was also a huge hit of that time.
He is known to be one of the finest football players of the American Football League and National Football League. He played about 143 games in his 13 years of professional football career. In his football career he had won 68 important games included one league championship and one Super Bowl victory. In 1965, he was awarded as the American Football League Rookie of the Year. Apart from that some of his other achievements are the Hickok Belt in 1968, the AFL-NFL Super Bowl MVP in 1969 and also won the award for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1974.
How much is Joe Namath Net Worth in 2017
Steve Harvey’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million US dollars as of 2017. He was known to be one of the best players at the University of Alabama. So, Namath signed his first contract of $427,000 with New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin in 1965. It was the highest paid contract in the pro football history.
In spite of suffering from injuries in different phases of his career he overcame every difficulty in his life. This man is considered to be one of the legends who ever played this game. He is still the inspiration and idol for many young prodigy who are starting their career .