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The epic meeting between Sam Darnold and Joe Namath

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: New York Jets legend Joe Namath stands on the sidelines during warmups for their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: New York Jets legend Joe Namath stands on the sidelines during warmups for their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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In Week 3 preseason action between the New York Giants and New York Jets, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold talks about his epic meeting with the legendary Joe Namath.

It’s not often a rookie quarterback gets to meet a legend that for many years during his prime, was the face of a franchise. Such is the case in what transpired in the Week 3 preseason matchup between the New York Giants and New York Jets. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold finally got to meet the legendary Joe Namath right before kickoff.

It was the very first time Darnold got to meet Namath who made his way out to the game since it was the 50th meeting between both New York football clubs. Darnold undoubtedly looked like he had a blast shaking hands with Namath and having a quick conversation with the man that did his part in bringing the first and only championship in Jets history.

What did Namath say to Darnold who likely was more nervous meeting him than anything he’s seen on the gridiron? It was a vote of confidence from Broadway Joe.

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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Namath said to Darnold when they met for the very first time before the Snoopy Bowl:

He was kind of talking to all three of the quarterbacks because we all went. He was just like, “Man, I’m so proud of you guys. You guys have worked your butts off during OTAs and camp.” He was just saying, “Go get ‘em,” before the game.

Needless to say, Namath is right in his assessment of the Jets quarterback situation. For weeks now, it’s been the talk of training camp but for once in a very long time, things are positive for a change. Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, and Josh McCown have all been competing well and fostering an environment of executing to the highest level.

The Jets couldn’t have asked for a better quarterback situation than what they built in 2018. Hopefully, Darnold continues to develop into a future franchise quarterback that can put the Jets in a position to win a lot of football games. At least from Namath, he’s proud of what Darnold has done so far in his first year in the pros. Talk about a huge endorsement.

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