Originally Posted by RFS62
Namath was the perfect player for the perfect era in television. His endorsements were legendary. The white shoes, shaving his fu manchu, wearing the pantyhose..... seems silly and insignificant now but were big stories back in the day. He was Broadway Joe, the spokesperson for the sexual revolution and the Playboy lifestyle.
His prediction of victory in Super Bowl III was legendary. Lying poolside in Miami Beach and calmly guaranteeing the win while the media didn't give the Jets a ghost of a chance was the essence of "cool".
Plenty of players were better, but no player ever had the social impact that Broadway Joe had, IMO. Maybe OJ because he was a black man accepted by the whole world in his endorsement deals was more socially significant, but I'll still give the nod to Namath.
I agree, RFS62. The things that Namath did at that time in history was totally against the norm. We were used to Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas. Namath was totally different. With two healthy knees, he would have been something. Never saw a quicker, smoother release of the football. Yes, Joe was smooth.....