Joe Namath's Super Bowl Guarantee by Patrick Donnelly

By Patrick Donnelly

Offers an summary of Joe Namath's recognized warrantly to win tremendous Bowl III, and the disappointed victory of his Jets over the Colts that proved him correct, the histories of the competing groups and leagues major as much as the sport, and its legacy.

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January 9, 1969 On the Thursday before Super Bowl III, Namath famously guarantees that the Jets will beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the game. January 12, 1969 Namath leads the Jets to a 16–7 victory over the Colts in Super Bowl III. 5 million people tune in. indd 44 10/15/14 5:05 PM G L O S S A RY commissioner markets The chief executive of a sports league. The entire areas surrounding large cities. contract merger A legal agreement for service between two parties, such as a player and a football team.

Indd 29 10/15/14 5:05 PM News IN THE Namath’s guarantee showed the old pros in the NFL? Hadn’t confidence he had in his team. But they heard that the rugged that confidence clearly wasn’t shared Baltimore defense, which by the national media. It was only held three teams scoreless in after the game ended that it began regular season play, made to dawn on the writers and fans that a specialty of manhandling Namath had been right all along. uppity quarterbacks? As it turned out for the Jets, Whatever slim hopes the Jets had of winning centered the role of the underdog has on Namath’s arm—and the its psychological advantages.

Most of the yardage came on quick passes to Sauer or runs by Snell. The burly fullback finally bowled over two Colts for a four-yard touchdown. That gave the Jets a 7–0 lead. New York’s defense flustered Earl Morrall all day. He had been the NFL’s leading passer. Yet Morrall completed just six of 17 passes for 71 yards. He also threw three interceptions. Meanwhile, the Jets offense kept chipping away. They didn’t score another touchdown. But Snell ran 30 times for 121 yards. Meanwhile, Namath made smart decisions in a conservative passing attack.

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