Drafted: The NFLs St. Louis Cardinals drafted Joe Namath, but he elected to sign with the upstart AFL's New York Jets for $400,000 after they used a pick gained in a trade with Houston to select him in the first round of the American Football League Draft.
Position Played: Quarterback
Played For: New York Jets (1965-76), Los Angeles Rams (1977)
Alma Mater: University of Alabama
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1985
Uniform Number: 12
Best Known For:
Publicly guaranteeing the New York Jets would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III... and backing up his comments with a victory.
Joe Namath's best season came in 1967 when he completed 258 passes for 4,007 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Quote From Joe:
"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going."
Won Two Associated Press National Championships (1964,65)
NFL Career Totals:
Passing - 1,886 Completions on 3,762 Attempts for 27,663 Yards and 173 Touchdowns
Rushing - 71 Carries for 140 Yards and 7 Touchdowns
Named American Football League Rookie of the Year (1965)
First professional quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season (1967)
Named the AFL's Most Valuable Player (1968)
Elected to Four AFL All-Star Games
Selected to One AFC-NFC Pro Bowl
Named MVP of Super Bowl III
Led the NFL in Passing Three Times
Received the Hickock Belt for Professional Athlete of the Year
Received the George Halas Award for Most Courageous Athlete
Named Dodge Man of the Year
Served as an analyst for NBC Sports and ABC's Monday Night Football.
Named to AFL All-Time Team
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1985)