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Joe Namath

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Joe Namath didnít get his first taste of football playoff glory until the 1963 Orange Bowl when he was a sophomore quarterback at the University of Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide whip Oklahoma, 19-0. He missed out as a Beaver Falls High School senior in 1960 because the Tigers were the only unbeaten Class AA football team in the WPIAL and were awarded the title without a playoff game. As a junior at Alabama, Joe passed for 765 yards and rushed for 201, and in his senior year led Alabama to another Orange Bowl game, only to lose to Texas. Then came his famous $400,000 long term contract with the New York Jets, the largest ever given to a pro gridder up to that time. He earned his pay by becoming the 1965 American Football League Rookie of the Year with 2220 yards passing for eighteen touchdowns. In 1966 Namath upped his statistics to 3379 passing yards with nineteen touchdowns, then in 1967 became the first pro quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season by hitting for 4007 yards and 26 touchdowns (which wiped out Babe Parilliís mark of 3465 yards with the Patriots). Namath reached his peak by predicting a Jets victory over the mighty Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969 and delivering with a 16-7 triumph. Injuries hampered him from then until the end of his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977. Joe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.