Joe Namath Starts Inflation Wars

Broadway Joe Namath is often labeled “the best quarterback of his day.”  At the University of Alabama, Namath led Bear Bryant’s Crimson Tide to an undefeated season in 1964.  The $387,000 contract he signed with the New York Jets in 1965 started the inflation wars in pro football.  During one of his pro seasons, Joe Willie passed for over 4,000 yards.  Namath’s most dramatic moment came in 1969.  The Jets were huge underdogs to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, but Namath predicted, then delivered, a 16-7 upset victory. Weeb Ewbank was the Jets’ coach.

 

 

 

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