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Sorry Jets Fans, Joe Namath Is Overrated!

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So I was checking out NFL.com’s Top 100 Greatest Players of All-Time and there’s was one name on there that made me laugh.

Joe Namath.  That’s right, “Broadway Joe” was the 100th greatest NFL player of All-time.

That’s laughable.

Sorry Jets fans, Joe Namath is completely overrated.

Just look at the stats. 170 career touchdowns to 220 career interceptions.  He threw more interceptions than touchdowns in all but 2 seasons.  In those 2 seasons he threw 18 touchdowns with 15 interceptions, and 19 touchdowns with 17 interceptions.

Namath has a career 50.1 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 65.5.  To put it in perspective, Trent Dilfer had a career completion percentage of 55.5, and passer rating of 70.2 – both better than Namath.  Archie Manning had a higher completion percentage (55.2) and QB rating (67.1). The list goes on and on.

Drew Bledsoe has better stats than Namath – 251 TD with 206 INT, 57.2 completion percentage, and 77.1 QB rating.

Joe Namath is remembered for two things: the guarantee and being a ladies man.

He got the nickname “Broadway Joe” after being on the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine and for being hollywood and a commercial success – not for being clutch when the lights were shining brightest.

The Jets did not win Super Bowl because of Namath. That’s the big thing he’s remembered for.  Colts starter Earl Morrall threw 3 interceptions in the first half, and was pulled for Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas.

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Namath went 17 of 28 for 206 yards, NO TOUCHDOWNS. He’s a Trent Dilfer-poster boy of quarterbacks who won a Super Bowl by not messing up and relying on defense. Dilfer’s stats in his Super Bowl: 12/25, 152 yards, 1 touchdown.  He also did not attempt a pass in the 4th quarter.

Playing in New York also helped Joe – big time.  Everybody loved him because he was a mans-man. He could have whatever lady he wanted and no matter what he did, he would be loved.  He did panty hose commercials. He was the first big-time spokesman for products. Yeah – good looking and good personality but NOT a Hall of Famer.

Namath retired after playing in 140 games: 62 wins, 63 losses and 4 ties.  He was a .500 quarterback that won a Super Bowl. Really?  That’s a HOFer?

Joe Namath is the pinnacle of the overrated athlete, as he threw more interceptions than touchdowns, completed half of his passes, and had a dismal QB rating.  In spite of all this, he is named one of the 100 greatest NFL players of all time.

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