Joe Namath Takes Feud with Rex Ryan to New Heights with Weight Criticism

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Former NFL player Joe Namath visits 'America's Nightly Scoreboard with David Asman' on the FOX Business Network at FOX Studios on August 30, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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Joe Namath has made a weekly habit out of criticizing the New York Jets and, more specifically, head coach Rex Ryan. It's unclear whether Namath truly believes what he is saying or is just craving attention, but he continues to make headlines either way.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk passed along the latest verbal jab:

Joe Namath has made it clear he has no intention of ceasing his criticism of his former team, and now he’s taking cheap shots at Jets coach Rex Ryan’s weight.

After Ryan was spotted wearing a Namath jersey, Namath went on the radio and said he questioned how Ryan could pull the jersey over his ample gut.

“I’m just stunned that the jersey with No. 12 comes in that size,” Namath said, via

Now, people making fun of Ryan's weight is nothing new. He's probably heard every fat joke at least five times. However, when it's coming from one of the team's biggest icons, you have to wonder what the motive is on Namath's part.

Namath has his own YouTube channel and uses it to post weekly videos about the Jets. It's just one of several avenues he utilizes to make his thoughts public about the team, both positive and negative. However, it appears fans have started to tune him out as the view numbers are low.

A lot of Jets fans would probably agree with this tweet, which of course references his infamous Monday Night Football interview with Suzy Kolber. The fact of the matter is that as long as the media allows him to have an influence, he'll continue to exploit that opportunity.

Speaking of the media, one of the city's most controversial sports radio personalities—Mike Francesa—took air time to defend Namath and his critiques of the Jets. While he's right that Namath can basically say whatever he wants, people like himself should stop giving the former QB an avenue to become a distraction.

Those two tweets wrap up the entire situation quite well. Namath used to be a vibrant personality that was loved by the Jets faithful. Now, they are going tired of his antics and wish he would just stay out of the news for awhile and let the team do what it needs to do.