This time it’s personal: Namath makes a fat joke at Rex’s expense

AP

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 ESPN.com.

Namath has been extremely critical of the Jets this year. At the start of the season he said he didn’t think Plaxico Burress would make it through the year. He later said Ryan had the team thinking they were better than they were. And as the season has gone on, Namath has ripped the Jets again and again and again.

Ryan has been admirably restrained in his responses to Namath’s constant criticism.

“Shoot, hey it doesn’t matter,” Ryan said. “I’m still a huge Joe Namath fan.”

The “huge” part is the one thing Ryan has said this year that Namath would agree with.

85 responses to “This time it’s personal: Namath makes a fat joke at Rex’s expense

  1. Rex is fat. He is very annoying and should typically say a lot less than he does…but Namath is a drunk who should go away. No one cares what he has to say. He should be happy someone even cares to wear his number anymore.

  2. Namath looks high in that pic is that a straw sticking out of nose . This guy is nothing more then an attention seekers plain and simple .

  3. And this is shocking news, because Namath has a reputation for being such a classy guy. What a tool. The only way he gets any media attention is when he’s saying negative things about his former team.

  4. Namath sounds like a bitter old man. He actually might be suffering from too many hits to the head during his career.

  5. Is there any former NFL great that’s more determined to keep his name relevant than Namath? Holy crap Joe, just shut up and support the franchise that supported you during your playing days. Your time has come and gone, time to let someone else have the spotlight.

  6. If Rex had to respond to every drunk in New York City, he would never have time for any coaching.

    At least he isn’t trying to wear panty-hose.

  7. I hate the Jets just as much as any guy, but why does the media feel the need to report every thing Namath says? His opinion means nothing. If you all stopped making stories about what he says every week, he’d stop talking.

  8. 27,663 total yds, 7.4 avg yards per pass,173 TDs, 220 INTs. how this guy got into the hall of fame or is even still relevant is beyond me. sounds like an old man desperate for attention. chris chandler and brad johnson are ahead of this guy with passing yards.

  9. Joe, you were one of the greatest QB’s of all time. But I think it’s time to go back to pantyhose commercials…….

  10. Namath needs to shut up. For once, Rex is actually handling something well and trying to avoid the topic.

  11. I’m a Pats fan so I despise the Jets but I’m not fond of cheapshots of a personal nature by the media (Which is sort of what Namath is). RR’s size has 0 do do with anything with his team and how it’s playing. That’s a fan type crack, not something a media person should say. It’s cheap. Stick to critiquing the team, Namath.

  12. Never been a Jets or Boys fan (or Eagles and even Big Red when Buddy was there) but anyone who does not think the Ryans are great football guys and great for football has their head up an uncomfortable place.

  13. Insert umpteenth “alcoholic” comment here. Amazingly in this instance they’ve blown out the foot fetish comments.

    Namath was spot on about how praising mediocrity is counterproductive. Spot. On.

  14. I’m no Rex or Jets fan, but i’ve never seen a former player ride so long on so little. Namath had one memorable year. Get the one Jets-Colts game out of the equation and what does he have to hang his hat on?

  15. “The “huge” part is the one thing Ryan has said this year that Namath would agree with.”
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    I like how you piled on a cheap fat joke of your own, but just under the guise that it’s something Joe would have said.

  16. Rex Ryans a loudmouth fattie, Joe Namaths a former super drunk. I am not sure whom to even root for in such a battle. That Namath interview with Suzy Colbert still might be the funniest sports interview ever!

  17. This is coming from the guy who wore nylons and fur coats, not to mention the whole embarrassing thing with Suzie Kolber. Judge not, lest ye be judged…especially if you’d be judged worse. It’s kind of sad this is the only way Namath can stay relevant to the world of football.

  18. Namath is to the Jets what Favre is to the Packers, legends who just can’t stand not being in the spotlight anymore. I’ve never been much of a Jets fan, but I feel for what you’re going through, watching a player you idolized constantly causing drama for your organization.

  19. Joe’s shelf life has expired…he has not been relevant in years. That being said, I suggest that it is time for him to move on and begin criticizing his other former team, the Rams.

  20. Always loved Namath,starting back in his days at Bama but I agree he is making himself look like an idiot. He should call Farve.

  21. “27,663 total yds, 7.4 avg yards per pass,173 TDs, 220 INTs. how this guy got into the hall of fame or is even still relevant is beyond me. sounds like an old man desperate for attention. chris chandler and brad johnson are ahead of this guy with passing yards.”

    First of all, the HoF is about more than just numbers – it’s about the history of the game and you can’t write the history of the NFL without Joe Namath.

    Also, for the time, those numbers were very good. Compare them to Bart Starr’s: 24,718 yards, 7.8 average, 154 TDs – and Starr played longer than Namath.

    Namath had a lot more INTs but the game was played much differently back then, it wasn’t held against you the way it is today.

  22. Your making fat jokes Namath, but big guys protected you your whole career, and they’re the ONLY reason your pitiful numbers even look half decent. You self loathing goon.

  23. Joe stopped being relevant about 5 minutes after the Jets won Super Bowl 3. Why is anyone listening to him? Most overrated “Hall of Famer” there is.

  24. This drunk joker needs to learn to shut his mouth without a bottle of whiskey. Do you ever see the Steeler organization go to Terry Bradshaw and ask what do you think of the organization…No. Stay out the media.

  25. I can just picture Namath at a hotel bar asking the stranger next to him..”Doo you reemember (hiccup) when I was on the, the, “The (hiccup) Brady Bunch?”

  26. everybody out of jetnation loves what joe namath is saying,keep the insults flying joe,we need the laughs.

  27. Namath: This Jets team is horrid. Place can’t play anymore.
    Reporter: Mr. Namath, the Jets just had a great comeback win behind 3 touchdown catches from Plaxico.
    Namath: … … Did you know Rex Ryan is overweight?
    Reporter: I hardly see the point you are making… Is that… everclear I smell

    Namath is ridiculous. I don’t get his issue. Its like he doesn’t want to see te Jets succeed. I guess if Sanchez wins a Superbowl, no one will talk about him anymore. Its funny because no one does now anyway until he makes stupid comments like this.

  28. First: Joe Namath WAS one of the greatest QB’s in history. He was the first QB to throw for 4000 yards. He won a Superbowl. He carried the Jets through most of his career. I watched him late in his career with gimpy knees, when the Jets had no running game and no offensive line. Every time he passed, he was nailed. Yet he kept getting up and threw another pass. He never backed down. It was almost painful to watch.

    Second: So calling Rex Ryan fat is an insult? Like Rex didn’t know? And he did not directly say, “Ryan is fat,” he made a joke of it. It is the difference between saying, “Arnold Schwarzenegger talks funny” and saying, “I’ll bet Arnold has trouble getting voice recognition to work.”

    Third: If Rex Ryan is OK with it, who are we to disagree?

  29. So now we know what Favre was doing in a Jets uniform (other than perfecting his texting skills) he was taking lessons from Broadway Joe on how to make a silly caricature of yourself after retiring.

  30. Ha Funny!

    While the rest of the NFL laughs @ the jets and their fans….Now ex jet players feel the same way

    jet fans may need to think twice about criticizing Namath…He’s the ONLY link you have to ever winning …ANYTHING… 2 division titles in 40 years.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans…we’re all still laughing at you.

  31. Dear Joe,

    -You had only one season where you threw more TD’s than INT’s.

    -Your BEST Comp% in a season was 52.9%. Mark Sanchez’s WORST is 53.8%.

    -In 140 games with the Jets you threw for 27k yards. M.S. is on pace to exceed that in about 110 games.

    -YOU LOST MORE GAMES THAN YOU WON.

    Heck, to give you a yellow jacket would surely mean that someone like Len Dawson should have been given his own planet to rule.

    Maybe i only speak for myself but i had no intention of going down this road. BUT, if you are going to start calling people out you’d better be prepared to face the fact that you had a vastly over rated career, by modern standards.

    Thank you for what you did for the game, thank you for what you did for the Jets organization. But please, OH GOD PLEASE, shuuuuuuuuut UP!

  32. Gotta love “Broadway Joe”. Every NFL player to date owes a big “Thank You” to Joe Namath.
    Rex is fat.

  33. Did my previous post really get removed?

    Was it because of the crack about wondering if Namath would have been stunned if the No. 12 Jersey came with a fifth of Dewar’s?

    Really?

    Or maybe the idea that his hall of fame status and overall fame revolve around one game and one brash prediction, nothing more?

    Someone’s a sensitive Namath fan, maybe?

  34. All these Jet haters really need to get a life. I can’t wait till Rex and the boys make all the haters look like whiners and show up in the championship game again.

  35. You have to look deeper than into Namath’s stats to understand his career and his impact on the game. He was one of the immortals of the NFL, and so famous in his time. Every one in the U.S., and many in other countries knew who he was, whether they were football fans or not.

    In addition to his fame, he was a great athlete and competitor who often played hurt. The man can barely walk now.

    Too bad he didn’t age so well, but he is usually right in his critique of the Jets.

  36. Joe has a radio show and is expected to be provocative, which is why he keeps commenting on the Jets. I don’t like the dig at Rex’s weight, but Rex has never held back on making sharp comments about other people, either. I can certainly understand why Joe’s comments are frustrating to today’s Jets fans, but reading some of their responses makes me sad that current football watchers don’t have a better understanding of NFL history.

    You can’t judge a quarterback from Joe’s era on 2010 passing stats. It was a different game then. For one thing, defenses weren’t only allowed to pass rush, they were allowed to attack. Running backs were as important–or even more important–to the team as quarterbacks. Offenses were more balanced than they are today, and receivers weren’t the stars of the highlight reels. You have to look at players from other eras in terms of what they contributed at the time they played. And no QB from his era contributed more than Namath. Regardless of his stats, he was the most influential quarterback of his time. And while a lot of executives help build the modern NFL, he was the one player most responsible for creating the league we have today.

    You may not like or respect what he says. But if you should respect his place in football history.

  37. mistrezzrachael says:
    Nov 1, 2011 12:44 PM
    Ha Funny!

    While the rest of the NFL laughs @ the jets and their fans….Now ex jet players feel the same way

    jet fans may need to think twice about criticizing Namath…He’s the ONLY link you have to ever winning …ANYTHING… 2 division titles in 40 years.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jet fans…we’re all still laughing at you.

    ————————————————

    and you spend your time coming on a jets blog to ridicule a team and its fans. what an amazing level of douchery. if our franchise history IS pathetic, i’m sure that on some level you have to be aware that you exceed all that. i feel sorry for you. you’re sad lonely bitter and small. have a nice life.

  38. I remember when he came to camp for Hard Knocks. Sanchez had been fumbling snaps. Joe told him he’s holding his hand upside down. He saw that from watching on TV, which is a lot more than you or I see when we watch a game. I don’t remember him fumbling a snap since and it’s been 26 games since then. So that was a good job outta Broadway Joe.

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