New York Jets: Tim Tebow and Joe Namath, How Do They Match Up?

Wayne TestoriCorrespondent IIMarch 22, 2012

New York Jets: Tim Tebow and Joe Namath, How Do They Match Up?

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    It's official.  Tim Tebow is now with the New York Jets.

    So is the former Denver Bronco quarterback ready for the New York?  Better yet, is New York ready for Tim Tebow? 

    The Big Apple is infamous for welcoming athletes whose hype sometimes precedes their talent.  But there are those rare few who actually live up to the greatness that is thrust upon them.

    One of those figures was Joe Namath.  Namath, the outgoing, charismatic, play-caller, is the only field general to lead this organization to a Super Bowl victory.

    Could Tim Tebow be the next Joe Namath?  Only time will tell. 

    However, surprising as it may sound, these two very different personalities’ career paths have shared many similarities.

    Here is a look at how these two quarterbacks stack up against each other.


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    Both Namath and Tebow played for top-rated colleges in the southeast.

    Namath went to the University of Alabama.

    Tebow went to the University of Florida.

College Coaches

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    Both Namath and Tebow were schooled by great college football coaches.

    Joe Namath played for Paul “Bear” Bryant.

    Tim Tebow played for Urban Meyer.

National Championships

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    Both Namath and Tebow won national championships.

    The University of Alabama won a national championship in 1964.

    The University of Florida won the BCS National Championship in 2007 and 2009.

Draft Day

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    Both Namath and Tebow were first-round draft picks.

    Namath was selected with the 12th pick of the first round by the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals and was the No. 1 pick of the AFL's New York Jets.

    Tebow was the 25th selection in the first round by the Denver Broncos.

Famous Pose

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    Both Namath and Tebow have become known for a unique gesture.

    Namath gained national recognition with his “we're No. 1” salute, after winning the Super Bowl.

    Tebow’s infamous Tebowing pose will follow him for the rest of his life.

New York Inspired Nicknames

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    Namath: "Broadway Joe."

    Tebow:  "Godway Tim."  Although not official, I think this one might stick.

Flare for Fashion

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    This one is no contest.

    When it comes to fashion flare, Namath will always come out on top.

And God Created Woman

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    Again, this one is no contest.  When it comes to a holier-than-thou attitude, Tebow will always come out on top.

    No pun intended.


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    Namath made famous his Fu Manchu mustache.

    Although it didn't catch on as a trend, Tebow did turn a lot of heads with his Friar Tuck look.

New York Jets Head Coach

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    Both Namath and Tebow’s Jets head coach each had a unique trait.

    For Namath, it was his name, Weeb Ewbank.

    For Tebow, it is his foot hobby.

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