Why "Broadway Joe" Namath Should Not Be in the Hall of Fame

Chris YoungCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

Joe Namath should not be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Most Hall of Fame quarterbacks have thrown for 200-plus touchdowns.

Throughout his 13-year career with the New York Jets, Namath threw more interceptions (220) than touchdowns (173). He averaged 17 interceptions a year and eclipsed 20 five times in his career.

Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh stated that Namath was "the most beautiful, accurate, stylish passer with the quickest release I've ever seen."

Let’s talk about his accuracy—Namath averaged a remarkably low completion percentage of 50.1 throughout his career.  He also completed fewer than 50 percent seven seasons throughout his career—I think that contradicts the great Bill Walsh’s statement.

Obviously, after going over his touchdowns, interceptions and completion percentage, I would imagine his quarterback rating was drained into the sewers as well.

Don Shula stated that Namath was "one of the three smartest quarterbacks of all time." Namath doctored up an “astonishing” 65.5 quarterback rating.  

“Broadway Joe” had a hard time winning games as well. He played in 129 games and only won 62. His 48 percent career winning percentage also included only 16 fourth quarter comebacks.

Namath led the league in passing yards three times (1966, 1967, and 1972) in his career, while throwing more interceptions (76) than touchdowns (64) in those seasons combined.

He also only threw for a career total of 27,663 passing yards, averaging just over 2,100 yards a season and led the league in interceptions four times during his career—1966 (27), 1967 (28), 1974 (22), and 1975 (28).

In the five years he made the Pro Bowl, Namath recorded a total of 98 interceptions. Come on Joe, I'm sure you could have thrown a couple more to get 100.

If another football team was dumb enough to let Ryan Leaf play a full career, Joe Namath probably wouldn't be able to hold the one-time No. 1 draft pick's jock.

I'm not really sure how you let someone into the Hall of Fame when he only averaged 10 games a year throughout a 13-year career. Maybe “Broadway Joe” was elected because he made the famous guarantee win over the great Johnny Unitas. As far as I'm concerned, that is not a reason to be in the Hall of Fame.

After boldly guaranteeing a victory prior to the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath completed 17 out of 28 passes for 206 yards and was named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player. However, he did not throw one touchdown pass, or any passes at all in the fourth quarter. 

In fact, Matt Snell was the key player in the Jets' ball-control offense during the 16-7 upset of the Colts. He carried 30 times for a then-Super Bowl record 121 yards and in the second quarter went four yards around the left end to score the Jets' only touchdown.

He also helped set up a trio of Jim Turner field goals that finally put the game away for the Jets in the second half.

Snell should have been the NFL’s Super Bowl III MVP.

When you look at his career stats and compare them to other Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers, it becomes apparent that Joe Namath is the worst player in the NFL’s Hall of Fame.

He should be voted out.


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