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Joe Namath

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
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Full Name: Joseph William Namath
Profession: NFL Quarterback

United States of America

Why Famous: Super Bowl 1969; Super Bowl MVP 1969; Pro Bowl 1972; NY Jets

Born: May 31, 1943
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 78 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 1965-01-02 New York Jets sign future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a $427,000 contract over three years (pro football record at the time)
  • 1966-01-15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB
  • 1968-01-21 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR
  • 1968-12-29 AFL Championship, Shea Stadium, NYC: New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23; Joe Namath 3 TD passes sparks Jets to win
  • 1969-01-12 Super Bowl III, Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7; MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • 1969-06-06 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar
  • 1969-07-18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • 1972-09-24 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Baltimore Colts (44-34)
  • 1976-12-12 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet
  • 1985-10-14 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

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