Jets Ring of Honor Profile -Joe Namath

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Jan 12, 1969; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath (12) celebrates as he leaves the field following the defeat of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl. The Jets defeated the Colts 16-7 to become the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE

For the final installment of the Ring of Honor Profile, we saved the best for last. He needs no introduction, no superfluous adjectives. Spotlight on quarterback Joe Namath.

Joe Namath grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he was a standout in football, baseketball, and baseball. Namath’s football team in 1960 went 10-0 and won the WPIAL class AA championship.

After graduation, Joe received offers from major league baseball teams, including the Mets and Yankees, as well as football offers to many Division I schools. After heavy recruitment by Alabama coach Bear Bryant, Namath signed on with the University of Alabama. Bear Bryant went on to say that recruiting Joe Namath was the best coaching decision he ever made, and later said that Namath was the best athlete he ever coached.

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