FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Fairfield’s Joe Namath!
Joseph William "Joe" Namath, who has owned a home in Fairfield, turns 73 on Tuesday. The football player was born May 31, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pa. .
Namath played college football for the University of Alabama from 1962–1964, and professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s.
He was an American Football League icon. He played for that league's New York Jets for most of his professional football career, and finished his career with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.
During his 13 years in the AFL and NFL he played for three division champions, earned one league championship (1968 AFL Championship), and one Super Bowl victory (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 once boldly guaranteeing a Jets' victory over Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III (1969) and then making good on his prediction with a 16-7 win for the Jets. He retired after playing in 143 career games with 68 wins, 71 losses and 4 ties.
He went on to a minor career as an actor in several movies, including C.C. and Company in 1970 and starred in a television series, The Waverly Wonders. He guest-starred on many television shows, including "The Love Boat" in 1982, Married... with Children, Here's Lucy, The Brady Bunch, The Flip Wilson Show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Dean Martin Show, The Simpsons, The A-Team, ALF and The John Larroquette Show. He currently hosts “The Competitive Edge”.
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