April 27, 2005 |
Former New York Jets defensive back Johnny Sample, 67, a Philadelphia native, died early yesterday morning. Mr. Sample is best remembered on the field for his interception in Super Bowl III, when the Jets beat the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, the game in which Joe Namath famously guaranteed victory. As a rookie with the Colts in 1958, Mr. Sample took part in what became known as "the Greatest Game Ever Played," the NFL championship between Baltimore and the New York Giants. He also was involved in the infamous 1968 "Heidi" game against the Oakland Raiders.
January 25, 1994 |
In reality, the Super Bowl began with Joe Namath. Nit-pickers will point to Vince Lombardi, whose Green Bay Packers won the first two games in the series between the champions of the National Football League and the American Football League. Technically, that's correct. But the Packers won those two games with such ease, defeating Kansas City, 35-10, and Oakland, 33-14, that there was no drama. It was men vs. boys, times two. The Game did not become The Event until Joe Namath swaggered onto the scene in January 1969.
April 30, 1992 |
Joe Namath, owner of the two most famous knees in New York sports history, could withstand the pain and instability in his arthritis-racked joints no longer. The Jets' Hall of Fame quarterback, now a football analyst for NBC, underwent bilateral replacement surgery on his knees yesterday at The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Namath, 48, was operated on by Dr. Chitranan Ranawat, an international leader in joint-replacement surgery. Team doctor James Nicholas, who repaired each knee twice during Namath's career with the Jets, referred the quarterback to Ranawat.
January 20, 1995 |
There is at least one football expert who thinks the San Diego Chargers can win Super Bowl XXIX. Not will win. Can win. But what the heck does Joe Willie Namath know? Namath led the New York Jets to a shocking victory in Super Bowl III - XXVI Super Bowls ago and more than half a lifetime removed for Joe Willie, now 51 and working at a "few odd jobs. " He played when offensive tackles weighed 255 pounds and the really feared giants of pro football weighed 295. He played in an era when no one was brazen (or stupid)
September 2, 2011 |
WHEN Joe Namath was recruited by Sonny Werblin, owner of the American Football League's New York Jets, in 1965, he had a choice between the Jets and the National Football League's Cardinals. He decided on the Jets, with which he went on to become a Hall of Famer, but told Werblin that he had one condition: that the Jets hire his old University of Alabama roommate, Ray Abruzzese. Ray, a South Philly kid, was playing defensive back for the AFL's Buffalo Bills at the time. Bills owner Ralph Wilson agreed to let Ray go and he joined Namath on the Jets.
February 25, 2011
SORRY ANDY, the Eagles aren't going to win the Super Bowl this season. How do we know? Because yesterday, Rex Ryan guaranteed the Jets were going all the way. "I believe this is the year we're going to do it," the Jets coach told the Associated Press at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "I believe this is the year we're going to win the Super Bowl. The fact is, I thought we'd win it the first 2 years. "I guarantee we'll win it this year. " Some might say Rex is up to his old tricks.
October 28, 2009 |
New York had an A-list celebrity quarterback who led his football team to the Super Bowl title. His nickname was Broadway Joe. Philadelphia had a rough-and-tumble hockey team that won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Its nickname was the Broad Street Bullies. The towns and their teams sometimes seem reflected by their main thoroughfares. Joe Namath led the New York Jets to victory in Super Bowl III, in 1969. The hard-hitting Flyers won Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and '75. New York's Broadway is bright lights and big-city glamour.
August 12, 1986 |
When they inducted Weeb Ewbank into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, there was all the usual talk about how he coached the 1958 Baltimore Colts to the NFL title, and how his New York Jets won Super Bowl III. That Ewbank was the guy who gave Buddy Ryan his first pro coaching job and had the greatest influence on Ryan's philosophy did not seem important at the time. It did yesterday, though, when Ewbank came to West Chester. It kept reporters talking to Ewbank long after practice, until Ryan laughingly hauled him away, yelling, "I brought him here to work, not to do interviews.
September 18, 2007 |
After he made good on his seemingly outrageous guarantee that his New York Jets would upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, Joe Namath never issued a similar public assurance for the remainder of his NFL career. With Saturday's 38-0 crushing of winless Notre Dame, Mike Hart, Michigan's All-America senior tailback, is retiring from the prediction business tied with Namath at one signed, sealed and delivered guaranteed victory. He's not about to venture out on that limb again. Asked if he might be willing to go for two locks in a row, with undefeated and No. 10 Penn State coming into Michigan Stadium this weekend, Hart demurred.
January 18, 1999 |
The New York Jets' implausible dream, 30 years in the making, died in an avalanche of turnovers yesterday at Mile High Stadium. Cheers are resounding in the Rocky Mountains because the Denver Broncos came back from a rash of early mistakes to hammer the Jets, 23-10, for their 19th straight victory at home. Highlighted by Terrell Davis' 167 yards rushing and 31-yard touchdown run, the win gave the Broncos their second straight AFC championship and, more important, a chance to win the Super Bowl for a second straight season.