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NFL America's Game: 1968 JETS (Super Bowl III)

Joe Namath , Don Maynard  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Namath, Don Maynard
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001CR9510
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Prior to the 1968 season, the AFL was considered a minor league compared to the more established NFL. The league had already lost Super Bowls I and II. So the success of the New York Jets, and their quarterback, Joe Namath, could not have come at a better moment.

Namath, who had a quick release and charisma to burn, piloted a Jets offense that set a franchise record by scoring 419 points that season. Still, his high-flying attack played into the perception that the AFL had finesse teams. But the Jets also led the league in defense, and possessed a punishing ground game that produced 22 touchdowns. This was a veteran group that bowed to no one - not even the powerful Baltimore Colts of the NFL.

The Colts were heavily favored over the Jets entering Super Bowl III, which made Namath's now famous, guarantee of victory before the game, all the more surprising. "Broadway Joe" then orchestrated one of the greatest upsets in pro football history, winning a world title for New York ... and the AFL at large.

Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '68 Jets, a club that lived up to its promise. America's Game uses exclusive interviews with Namath and Don Maynard to reminisce about their ground-breaking, championship season.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Namath wasn't bragging. April 2, 2009
By Carole
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For the insight which they provide, the "America's Game" series is an excellent set of documentaries. The picture quality is impressive also, especially when footage presented in the NFL's "Greatest Games" series can be so poor with respect to games recorded prior to 1986. If you'd like to see a more comprehensive recording of the Jets in Super Bowl III, then disc #2 from the "Complete History of the New York Jets" by the NFL, is a great alternative.
Additionally, you must follow-up by watching the "America's Game" DVD for Superbowl V; an essential companion which details the far-reaching consequences of the Colts' loss in Superbowl III and of their recovery to win the fifth championship game!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected May 5, 2011
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We thought this DVD included the actual game, start to finish. It is actually commentary from the players and coaches on the game and the season leading up to it. It includes clips from the game, but we wanted to watch the whole Super Bowl.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. Great insights given in this DVD December 13, 2009
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I have previously purchased (3) of these DVD's in the America's Game set (1970 Colts, 71 Cowboys, and the 69 Vikings-Missing Rings), and this ranks alongside the 69 Vikings as the best produced one yet; and this is difficult to admit given that I am a lifelong Baltimore Colts fan (yes, BALTIMORE, NOT INDY). But like a train wreck where you really should't watch it, but are compelled to, I had to buy it to get the NY perspective of Super Bowl 3 from their side. The DVD interviewees are Don Maynard, Joe Namath and Gerry Philbin, and I have to admit, I was absolutely floored at some of the content that was released in it. When Joe Namath is being interviewed and he states that one of the biggest honors he ever received as a player was being named team captain, and 3 seconds later Gerry Philbin remarks that the only reason Joe Namath was named team captain was because the owners and team management told the rest of the team that they HAD to name him, I was shocked and amused at the rest of the story. Another episode that really has some shock value to it is a segment where both Philbin and Namath are on the "Kyle Rote Show" at the end of the season, and Namath remarks on it that "He'd rather face the Raiders instead of the Chiefs for the AFL championship" and goes on to state just why (the Chiefs and Raiders had tied for the Western Division championship at the end of the 68 season and needed a one-game playoff to decide who would go to the AFL championship game). For me, during that time period where humility was common, to hear him state that on national television was really kind of a revelation, and surprised me as much as the "guarantee" he made in stating the Jets were going to beat the Colts. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Viewing, I Guarantee It July 14, 2013
By Jinkyu
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Very enjoyable; a familiar story with some extra insights and some footage people will unlikely have seen before. Joe Namath is of course one of the commentators, but with receiver Don Maynard and defensive end Gerry Philbin, you have some added entertainment because of their blunt and, at times, irreverent tone. In the case of Philbin, the irreverent tone was at times applied to Namath. Take Philbin's truthful comments on why Namath was elected captain at the beginning of the 1968 season: not because he had the necessaries, but because the Jets needed him to take the responsibility to negate his flamboyant style and off-the-field antics that tended to take his mind away from the game.

Namath pays homage to offensive guard Dave Herman (who had to block Bubba Smith) and, of course, fullback Matt Snell, as heroes of Super Bowl III. As for the MVP award, well, he is not so sure he absolutely deserved it, but with a smile, he is glad to have it. I must say, I never objected severely to Namath and his guarantee as Super Bowl III MVP, although I admit, if it cracked down to it, I would take Snell. However, I have always thought Namath, with pretty good stats (including yay, no interceptions), and receiver George Sauer were close performance-wise. Namath vs. Snell is sort of like Roger Maris vs. Mickey Mantle for 1961 AL MVP -- it is an obvious analogy.

What was missing was enough acknowledgement of the Jets' excellent defensive team of that year. Sure, with Philbin as the commentator, they were bound to show a couple of good plays by him, but both the regular program and the extras were otherwise completely dominated by the offense: Namath all over the place, then joint profiles in the extras of halfback Emerson Boozer and Snell, plus Maynard and Sauer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jets Fan Must have April 28, 2013
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This is a must own for any Jets fan in there collection as a great documentary on the Jets only superbowl win
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opens a New Perspective March 28, 2013
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It's nice to get a different perspective of the season from some of the players that experienced it. I enjoyed the interviews and overview of the entire season, culminating with Superbowl III. Very interesting to see how things really went during the season. For instance, the making of Joe Namath team captain. Didn't know the details until watching this video. So you get this and much more insight from this video presentation. I highly recommend this video even if you're not a Jets fan. I can say that with all sincerity since I was a Baltimore Colts, John Unitas fan growing up. Add it to your collection and enjoy!
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