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Namath: A Biography Paperback – Bargain Price, July 26, 2005
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I don't read many sports biographies, but in every regard "Namath" stands out as a compelling book that is shocking and emotionally jarring all at once. Mark Kriegel does much to wreck the mythical stature of Broadway Joe, but in doing so he presents a depiction of Ol' Joe Namath that most football fans have never considered. Above all, he impresses upon the reader that although Joe did not have jaw-dropping statistics as a quarterback, his impact on the NFL has been unparalleled - *nobody* influenced the entertainment machine that is the NFL more than Namath.
I grew up in the era of Marino and Montana and all the god-like 80s quarterbacks (heck, I think to this day that even Bernie Kosar was a killer QB), so I heard little about Namath until I became a Jets fan. First I heard about the Guarantee (which, as Kriegel writes, didn't make many headlines at the time - Namath had said many things equally as shocking), then I heard about the Booze and Broads.Read more ›
I mean to say that he shows Namath paying the price for every moment of hedonism and that Joe's easy swagger had a lot to do with intense over medication of all sorts. I always sensed that there was more to Joe than natural talent and charm and we see that in these pages. He was incredibly competitive and seen as a winner throughout his career. Yet the Jets he quarterbacked had only three winning seasons in twelve years.
Some of the most telling passages come toward the end of the book, when Kriegel lists the number of times Joe was simply not there for his friends and when he, in effect, abandonned his Jet teamates. I truly felt compassion for a guy who wanted so badly to be a good family man and when Joe confesses to having embarrassed his daughters and the rest of his family, it seems heartfelt and you have to hurt for him a little.
This is no fluff piece and Joe comes across at times as being the grown up example of every kid who has ever been told that being talented in sports is good enough and nothing else is required. Joe's high school coach takes a lot of credit for everything good that ever happened to him, but I wonder if he would be willing to accept a little responsibility for the pain that the guy has experienced in his life.
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A pretty sub par effort by the author. Too many pages caused by the author's incessant tendency to make up big parts of the story.Published 5 months ago by John Tol Broome Jr.
Most everybody knows “Broadway Joe.” Few really know Joe Namath. Mark Kriegel’s wonderful biography illuminates both sides of the legendary New York Jets quarterback, penetrating... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian Brockmeyer
Everything you always wanted to know about Joe Willie, but didn't know where to ask.Published 13 months ago by bigwalt
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)
Football fans of all levels, from casual to hard-core, have heard of Joe Namath in some way. Read more