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Joe Namath signs with New York Jets...

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January 3, 1965

THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, January 3, 1965

* Joe Namath signs contract
* Alabama Crimson Tide
* New York Jets (NFL)

This 50+ page newspaper has a five column headline on page 2 of the sport's section: "New York Jets Go The Limit To Lure Joe Namath" with photo and editorial. 1st report coverage on football great, Joe Namath, officially signing with the New York Jets. A great item for any New York fan.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Small binding holes along spine, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania), also known as Broadway Joe or Joe Willie,[1] is a former American football quarterback. He played for the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his assistant, Howard Schnellenberger, from 1962–1964, and in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. Namath played for the New York Jets for most of his professional career, but finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams. He was later elected to the Hall of Fame.

Namath retired after playing in 77 wins, 108 losses and 3 ties. In his career he threw 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions. During his thirteen years in the AFL and NFL he played for three division champions (the 1968 and 1969 AFL East Champion Jets and the 1977 NFC West Champion Rams), earned one league championship (1968 AFL Championship), and one world championship (Super Bowl III).

In 1999, he was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. He was the only player on the list to have spent a majority of his career with the Jets.

He is known for his famous qoute "We are going to win the game. I guarantee it." Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts in the third NFL-AFL Championship Game in 1969, and then delivering on his promise.

Category: The 20th Century

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