"Broadway" Joe Namath is a retired NFL quarterback who earned his nickname by becoming a polarizing player during his time with the New York Jets. Namath has also enjoyed a career as an actor appearing in a variety of film, TV and theatre productions.
He has two daughters, Jessica and Olivia.
He opened bars named "Broadway Joe's" in both New York City and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, both of which are still in operation as of 2006.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
His nickname "Broadway Joe" was given by New York writers, and popularized by Howard Cosell, who also often called him "Joe Willie Namath".
His college football coach, the legendary Paul "Bear Bryant, called Joe Namath the greatest athlete he ever coached.
He briefly (one season only) worked as color commentator for Monday Night Football.
He was awarded the Hickok Belt in 1968 as the top professional athlete of the year.
His number (12) was retired by the New York Jets.
His acting career started out strong, receiving a 1971 Golden Globe Award Nomination as "Most Promising Newcomer".
He was recruited by, and intended to go to, the University of Maryland but was rejected for admission because of low test scores.
He was the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1965.
Because of Joe Namath's controversial popularity, ABC-Sports head Roone Arledge insisted the New York Jets play the Monday Night Football inaugural game.
He was named to the AFL All-Time Team.
He shaved off his mustache on TV to hype Remington electric shaver, for a $10,000 fee.
Joe was an outstanding baseball player and received offers from six big league teams after graduating from high school.
Joe was selected as AFL All-Star four times.
He attended and played for the University of Alabama.
He was drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the AFL's New York Jets, whose offer he accepted.
The Sporting News listed him at #96 on their 1999 list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
He was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Super Bowl III.
He had a career record of 77-108 with 3 ties.
He played thirteen seasons in the AFL and NFL together.
Joe played Captain Joe Namath in the 1990 film Going Under.
Joe won the AFL MVP award in 1968 and 1969.
Joe Namath: (prior to Super Bowl III) We're going to win Sunday, I guarantee it.
Norm Van Brocklin: (ridiculing Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, which the Jets eventually won) This will be Namath's first professional football game.
Joe Namath: If you're not going all the way, why go at all?