Namath intercepted 6 times, hurt in loss to Colts

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:33 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 18, 1970

Twenty-one months too late, the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Jets and Joe Namath. In their first match-up since the Jets won Super Bowl III, the Colts have the satisfaction of winning, 29-22, and harassing Namath into probably the worst day of his career.

The Colts intercept six of Namath's 62 passes (he completes 34) and return two for touchdowns. Adding injury to insult, Namath suffers a broken right wrist, though the original diagnosis is a "minor sprain," and he will be finished for the season.

The injury occurs when Namath, who had never missed a game in his six-year New York career despite fragile knees, has his wrist jammed into the Shea Stadium grass when the Colts' Billy Ray Smith falls on him on the last Jets' series.

It hasn't been a good week for Namath. "C.C. and Co.," a movie he starred in as a motorcyclist, opened in the New York area to less than rave reviews. Much like his quarterbacking today.