Namath was as good as his word
Jan. 12, 1969 - Despite the New York Jets being 19-point underdogs to the Baltimore Colts, quarterback Joe Namath had visions of victory a few days before Super Bowl III in Miami. With a double scotch in his hand, he answered a heckler by saying, "We'll win. I guarantee it."
Broadway Joe was as good as his word. Guiding the Jets to a stunning 16-7 triumph, he legitimized the upstart AFL with an upset for the ages. He was voted the game's MVP after completing 17-of-28 passes for 206 yards, with George Sauer grabbing eight for 133 yards.
"Joe called the right play at the right time," said backup quarterback Babe Parilli. "He read their safety blitz, and he read their pass coverage. What else is there?"
In the locker room, Namath chided a press corps that had called him a loud-mouthed loser and expected him to eat his words. "I hope they all eat their pencils and pads," he says. "We won!"
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