22. Joe Namath
Career Stats: 27,663 passing yards, 173 touchdowns, 220 interceptions
Individual Accolades: Super Bowl III Champion/MVP, 2-time AFL MVP (1968, 1969), HOF 1985
“Broadway Joe” is easily one of the most recognizable players in the history of football. Known for his charisma, bold proclamations and his victory guarantee in Super Bowl III, Namath’s numbers don’t tell the whole story about his greatness.
After being selected in both the 1965 AFL and NFL drafts, Namath chose the former and joined the Jets. Following a great collegiate career at Alabama, Namath led the Jets to an AFL Championship in 1968. The next year, shortly before the AFL/NFL merger, Namath made his famous guarantee. In 1969, Namath and the Jets, from the AFL, defeated Don Shula’s Baltimore Colts, from the NFL, in Super Bowl III.
While injuries played a big part in limiting the numbers Namath was able to achieve, there is no debating his legacy as one of the most gifted quarterbacks the sport has seen. The Jets’ Super Bowl III victory remains the franchise’s only Super Bowl title.
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