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Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:57 pm
 
NamathBy Josh Katzowitz

When Joe Namath logs onto Twitter during a Jets game, it’s usually not a pretty sight. Namath, the most-famous player in Jets history, has had a knack for, let’s saying, bitching about how the team is playing or how the coaches are performing.

It’s not the most attractive side of Namath when he comes out firing on coach Rex Ryan or questioning the team’s game plan on Twitter or during his radio appearances. Perhaps, he’s begun to realize how obnoxious he looks while doing so.

“I feel awful about it. I feel awful about my relationship with the Jets right now in the sense -- I’m talking about the ownership, general manager and head coach,” Namath said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “I don’t want them upset with Joe, but damn it, I have to say what I see, what I think, what I feel.”

One reason Namath gives for his behavior is because of the unique attitude displayed by Ryan,  though that’s strange considering Namath’s boastful nature when he played in the American Football League.

“With the current Jets situation the last few years, I just tried to explain how I felt about things, and when we talk about our head coach, the Jets head coach, he’s unique,” Namath said. “I’ve never seen that style in all the years I’ve been around football.”

Namath is the subject of a new HBO documentary, entitled “Namath,” which documents his life from becoming an AFL star out of the University of Alabama to his embarrassing flirtation on national TV with reporter Suzy Kolber. But most of all he wants to see the Jets succeed again.

“I want a winner here,” Namath said.

Here’s hoping he’s not so vocal about if it doesn’t happen right away.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Yes Joe Namath was average at best, let me throw some numbers at you. His career completion percentage was 50.1.... He threw 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions..... I understand he beat The Colts without Johnny Unitas, actually the TEAM beat the Colts because he didn't throw one touchdown in that superbowl.... I'm just saying if you think Namath was elite by any measure? Then Rex Grossman is elite to... Back to my original point, Joe needs to stop blasting our team on radio shows. Even he understands that he stepped out of bounds, hence the article you just read. Nuff said, I don't like arguing with Jets fans.

Namath played in a different era, which does not come even close to todays pass-happy NFL. 

Using your standards, qb's like Johnny Unitas, Sid Luckman, Sammy Baugh, etc. should all rescind their Hall of Fame placemarks.

I'm a Pats fan, and hate the Jets, but let's give credit where credit is due. The man is a legend.

Learn the game sonny. 



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:08 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

From Wikipedia :

"Joe Namath is best remembered for his performance in the New York Jets' stunning 16-7 upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. However, during his 13-year tenure from 1965 through 1977 he was one of the game's most exciting, proficient and publicized quarterbacks.

Namath's place in history was assured with his first pro football act, the signing of a reported $400,000 contract early in 1965 that gave the American Football League its biggest victory in the costly inter-league war of the 1960s. The National Football League’s St. Louis Cardinals had also drafted Namath. “Broadway Joe,” as he quickly became known, won a starting job in his third game on his way to AFL Rookie of the Year acclaim in 1965.

In 1967, he became the first quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in one season. In 1968, he capped off AFL Player of the Year and unanimous All-Pro selection with MVP honors in Super Bowl III. Namath's pre-game "guarantee" of victory backed up by his 206-yard passing production was a major factor in assuring the competitive viability of the AFL-NFL Super Bowl series.

Namath was plagued with knee injuries through much of his career. Still he completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards and 173 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Jets and a final try with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977. He enjoyed many exceptional days, one of which came in the 1968 AFL title game. He threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27-23 win over the Oakland Raiders that set up the dramatic Super Bowl III confrontation.

Namath earned all-league accolades four times in his career (1967, 1968, 1969, and 1972) and was named to the all-time AFL honor team in 1969. He was also elected to four AFL all-star games and one AFC-NFC Pro Bowl."

He can't be that bad. And for those who think that the QB were protected back then...weel they were not. Teams use to run the ball eight out of ten plays. You had some other great QBs (Bart Star, J. Unitas...) but Broadway Joe was the best in that period of time.

I don't want to say that Rex is useless, I just want him to keep all his speaches for the players not the medias...and to help the team win a Super Bowl. Not a division title, not a conference title...a SUPER BOWL. Thanks




Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:48 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Yeah let's blast a 3rd year coach who took us to the AFC championship game two years in a row. What do you want "tubby" to say? The Jets won't win the superbowl this year... Every "Jets fan" understands that Shotty was the problem in New York. Rex didn't want him on his coaching staff but they pretty much begged him to keep Shotty. I'm tired of everybody making Joe Namath out to be better than he was. I'll say it again because you obviously don't get it. The TEAM won us a superbowl, not Joe Namath. People like you are the reason he has such a big ego in the first place.
Namath played at Alabama for a really good coach named Bear Bryant and another professional coach called Weeb Ewbank. I think Namath knows how a professional coach should act.  I'm a Giant fan and have no skin in your game, however, having actually seen Namath play, the guy was a really great QB. He had all the tools before his knees blew, and he had the swagger. He put the Jets and the AFL on the map. Yes, the Jet team won the game, but you can say that for any Superbowl game. That's the way it should be. It sould not be about an individual, say like Tubby making himself the center of attention and proclaiming a superbowl title each preseason. No other professional coach acts like this. The proofs in the pudding in that Tubby's transgressions have blown up in his face, and lots of fans are really glad.



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:59 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Yeah let's blast a 3rd year coach who took us to the AFC championship game two years in a row. What do you want "tubby" to say? The Jets won't win the superbowl this year... Every "Jets fan" understands that Shotty was the problem in New York. Rex didn't want him on his coaching staff but they pretty much begged him to keep Shotty. I'm tired of everybody making Joe Namath out to be better than he was. I'll say it again because you obviously don't get it. The TEAM won us a superbowl, not Joe Namath. People like you are the reason he has such a big ego in the first place.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:43 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Yes Joe Namath was average at best, let me throw some numbers at you. His career completion percentage was 50.1.... He threw 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions..... I understand he beat The Colts without Johnny Unitas, actually the TEAM beat the Colts because he didn't throw one touchdown in that superbowl.... I'm just saying if you think Namath was elite by any measure? Then Rex Grossman is elite to... Back to my original point, Joe needs to stop blasting our team on radio shows. Even he understands that he stepped out of bounds, hence the article you just read. Nuff said, I don't like arguing with Jets fans.
WOW!!!! Jet fans throwing Namath under the bus??? The only Jet QB to ever win a superbowl????? Why, because he told Tubby to shut his fat pie hole???? Joe and every other football veteran has blasted Tubby and the Jets for being an embarrasment to football. What should the guy say?? The Jets are just fine and dandy, and Tubby is doing a great job??



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:24 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Yes Joe Namath was average at best, let me throw some numbers at you. His career completion percentage was 50.1.... He threw 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions..... I understand he beat The Colts without Johnny Unitas, actually the TEAM beat the Colts because he didn't throw one touchdown in that superbowl.... I'm just saying if you think Namath was elite by any measure? Then Rex Grossman is elite to... Back to my original point, Joe needs to stop blasting our team on radio shows. Even he understands that he stepped out of bounds, hence the article you just read. Nuff said, I don't like arguing with Jets fans.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

"
Talking about Namath "You weren't even an elite quarterback, you were average at best. "

I say you must be very young, and I am certain that you never saw the man played....Joe was way above average, in fact he was the best of his generation. You might not like what the man has become, but what he was you have no clue.

Just so you know, I have been waiting for the last 44 years for the Jets to win another Super Bowl. That is enough to get a little mad at the team we gave our money to. It's time for Rex to shut up and to deliver. We deserve a Super Bowl for the Jets nation. Nothing less.

People my age (I am 58) have become Jets fans because of Broadway Joe. So my friend if you want the Jets to win as much as I do....Namath is not the man we should complain about...





Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:27 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Namath was the first QB to pass for 4000 yards and in a 14 game season. His release was rivaled only by Marinos.  Before he hurt his knees many coaches said he was the best athlete they ever saw. He guaranteed victory in the most important game in pro football history. The entire AFL is indebted to him and the Jets for giving them legitimacy and making the merger happen.  He is a figure of historical importance who transcends statistics.  He and Ali changed the way athletes are viewed, Ali for his fearlessness in expressing his political views and convictions and Namath for commercializing athletes to a previously unheard of level.  Joe broke the barrier for jocks making money off the field.  He is a legend and always will be.




Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:26 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

namath is an overrated one hit wonder. Namath your overall career was dismal at best. you had two good seasons, one which got you a championship. Stop acting like the face of the franchise and stop holding onto the past. Move on from the jets and live your life and let the team, coaches and players live theirs. Its time to go sit in the shadows and just enjoy the game.

P.S. i am not a jets fan  



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:57 am
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

Josh Katzowitz also finds news reporters obnoxious, because unlike him, news reporters tend to report the truth. Nothing Joe Namath said was incorrect; the loud, obnoxious coach, fanbase and players all bashed him because that's what this joke of a franchise does. Namath was the only winner the Jets have ever had. If you don't respect your history and your best players you deserve to be a joke. You would never see Alex Smith bash Joe Montana.


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