November 30th, 2011 Holiday Catalog Auction (#32)
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With his signing by the New York Jets in 1965, Joe Namath gave the young American Football League instant credibility, and the strength to eventually merge with the older NFL. With his charisma and flamboyant style, "Broadway Joe" was a public relations dream for the Jets and the AFL. Namath was not just appearance but also performed on the field. His greatest season was in 1968. When the Jets faced the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game, Namath stepped up and threw three TD passes to lead New York to victory. Entering Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts, the Jets were big underdogs. Namath once again provided the effort and leadership for New York. In a superior performance, he threw for 206 yards and the Jets upset the Colts 16-7. Namath was named MVP of the Super Bowl. In 13 seasons he recorded over 27,000 yards passing and threw 173 touchdowns. Namath was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. On the left front tail of this light green mesh home jersey is the “Champion” manufacturer’s tag with jersey size “L” and wash instructions. The sleeves have been cut and rehemmed inside. Player number “12” appears on front and back in white painted on numbers and on both sleeves in green painted on numbers. Player name “NAMATH” appears on back in white painted on block letters on a light green nameplate. The crotch piece has been removed from the bottom of the shirt leaving remnants on both the front and rear tails. The jersey shows moderate quarterback use and other that what is mentioned appears to have no further alterations of any kind.
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