Joe Namath is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of the best New York Jets quarterbacks ever, and one of the most famous former football players in the world. He had a great college football career at the University of Alabama before being drafted by and signing with the New York Jets of the American Football League.
He immediately brought both respect and excitement to the Jets and the entire AFL with both his on field skills and his off field persona. The defining moment in his career came with his prediction of a Jets victory in Super Bowl III over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.
Here is a look at five little known facts about the career of Jets great Joe Namath.
#1 – The First Of Many
The first touchdown pass Joe Namath ever threw in professional football happened in week two of 1965, his rookie season, in a 14-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The pass came in the fourth quarter and went for 37 yards to Don Maynard.
#2 – Nice Consistency!
During his career, Namath was very consistent. He threw 173 total regular season touchdowns over 13 seasons. He threw 87 during home games and 86 on the road.
#3 – Run Faster Caster!
The longest touchdown pass he would throw in his entire career came during the 1974 season in the fourth quarter of a 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The play went 89 yards and the pass was caught by Rich Caster.
#4 – Who Caught The Most?
No one caught more touchdown passes from Joe Namath than the great Don Maynard. During their time together they combined for 42 regular season touchdowns.
#5 – The Los Angeles Season
Joe Namath finished his career with one final NFL season playing for the Los Angeles Rams. He threw just three touchdown passes there and they are the only TDs he threw that didn’t go to Jets players. The Rams who caught Namath touchdown passes were Harold Jackson, Terry Nelson, and Lawrence McCutcheon.