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


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

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.

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85 Responses to “This time it’s personal: Namath makes a fat joke at Rex’s expense”
  1. baltimorons says: Nov 1, 2011 9:03 AM

    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. billygoat says: Nov 1, 2011 9:03 AM

    Get back on the bottle Joe. At least we couldn’t understand what you were saying then.

  3. aioime says: Nov 1, 2011 9:03 AM

    Is namath drinking again?

  4. twimpus says: Nov 1, 2011 9:04 AM

    Where is Suzy Kolber when Broadway Joe needs her?

  5. joec36 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:05 AM

    i doubt he meant it in the context that it is being portrayed here

  6. itsacurse says: Nov 1, 2011 9:05 AM

    Know who’s not as good as he thinks he is? Joe Namath:

  7. thegreatwhitemidget says: Nov 1, 2011 9:06 AM

    Namath’s daughter is crazy hot

  8. vargafamily1 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:06 AM

    Rex: I just got to kiss Kolber, top that!!

    Joe: Well, she lets me give her a foot massage!

  9. benh999 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:06 AM

    Hahahah. Fatso.

  10. njhitman says: Nov 1, 2011 9:06 AM

    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 .

  11. Todd Haley's Temper says: Nov 1, 2011 9:07 AM

    I don’t know what I enjoy more. Joe taking shots at Rex or hitting on Suzy.

  12. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 1, 2011 9:08 AM

    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.

  13. xstaticonradio says: Nov 1, 2011 9:08 AM

    Every criticism Namath has had of the Jets/Ryan this year has been spot on. Just saying.

  14. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:08 AM

    so when do you suppose joe’s gonna sober up enough to realize he’s starting to sound like the blowhard that rex is?
    self loathing at its’ best

  15. donterrelli says: Nov 1, 2011 9:09 AM

    ” I couldn’t care less about the team struggling.”

  16. swervinmervin says: Nov 1, 2011 9:09 AM

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

  17. kd727 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:09 AM

    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.

  18. wwwmattcom says: Nov 1, 2011 9:09 AM

    Joe gag brought a lot of shame to jet heritage.

  19. wwwmattcom says: Nov 1, 2011 9:10 AM

    Joe has brought a lot of shame to jet heritage.

  20. rexismybff says: Nov 1, 2011 9:10 AM

    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.

  21. bdert says: Nov 1, 2011 9:12 AM

    This guys senescence is made more obvious with every utter…

  22. souldogdave says: Nov 1, 2011 9:12 AM

    Namath is now an old drunk with a big mouth.

  23. cakemixa says: Nov 1, 2011 9:12 AM

    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.

  24. gmen1987 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:12 AM

    Maybe Ryan should make a alcoholic joke at Namath’s expense.

  25. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 1, 2011 9:14 AM

    he’s not very funny or clever. his jet jokes are beyond stale. he thinks he’s separating himself from the jets, but he’s just becoming more of a joke.

  26. bigjdve says: Nov 1, 2011 9:15 AM

    I am surprised that Joe has been sober long enough to think up these wonderfully intelligent and thought provoking comments.

  27. jcusa514 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:16 AM

    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.

  28. mrbigass says: Nov 1, 2011 9:17 AM

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

  29. GG Eden says: Nov 1, 2011 9:18 AM

    Namath and Rex, NFL’s version of Dumb and Dumber.

  30. narrabeen23 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:20 AM

    Wait. Namath doesn’t appreciate Rex being overconfident and arrogant? what’s next? A lawsuit for identity theft?

  31. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 1, 2011 9:20 AM

    Im not even a jets fan but Namath needs to shove a bottle back in his yap and stick to getting drunk.

  32. dietrich43 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:21 AM

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

  33. nunpuncher says: Nov 1, 2011 9:23 AM

    I only care what Joe has to say when he’s drunk on cheap cooking wine and trying to score on chicks that he has no chance with.

  34. CKL says: Nov 1, 2011 9:26 AM

    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.

  35. sj39 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:29 AM

    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.

  36. Land Snark says: Nov 1, 2011 9:33 AM

    Rex has been pretty classy considering the cheap shots Broadway Joe keeps taking.

    Just shows the respect he has for current and former Jets.

  37. snarkzilla says: Nov 1, 2011 9:34 AM

    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.

  38. Tim says: Nov 1, 2011 9:37 AM

    This guy really takes being bitter to an entirely different level. Bravo, Broadway Joe, bravo..

  39. bcjim says: Nov 1, 2011 9:40 AM

    Gee a fat joke how original.

    Yet still funny!!

  40. stixzidinia says: Nov 1, 2011 9:41 AM

    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?

  41. pspring63 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:47 AM

    Maybe Broadway Joe needs to perfect his “12 step” drop before he preaches about obesity

  42. ffjesus says: Nov 1, 2011 9:48 AM

    Broadway GO !!!

  43. klunge says: Nov 1, 2011 9:48 AM

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

    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.

  44. dcfan4life says: Nov 1, 2011 9:49 AM

    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!

  45. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 1, 2011 9:49 AM

    Namath, go somewhere to sober up and then try to think of something classy to say for a change.

  46. cardmagnet says: Nov 1, 2011 9:51 AM

    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.

  47. intedwetrust says: Nov 1, 2011 10:00 AM

    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.

  48. jetny says: Nov 1, 2011 10:01 AM

    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.

  49. lostsok says: Nov 1, 2011 10:04 AM

    Yikes, the Jets lone moment of relevancy…err, I mean, Joe Namath…is sure getting old!

  50. bamasleeper13 says: Nov 1, 2011 10:19 AM

    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.

  51. johnnyb1976 says: Nov 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    If Namath would let Rex play with his feet Broadway Joe would like Sexy Rexy a lil better.

  52. blackdonnelly says: Nov 1, 2011 10:38 AM

    One Jets embarrassment against another one.

    What could go wrong here?

  53. killxswitch says: Nov 1, 2011 11:01 AM

    Fat jokes and foot jokes about Rex are funny. But Joe Namath should’ve shut up 10 years ago. Or more.

  54. radtrigger says: Nov 1, 2011 11:06 AM

    Suzy, can you just kiss the man so he will shut up? I’m no Jets fan but Namath is getting old, literally and figuratively.

  55. pacificamjr says: Nov 1, 2011 11:07 AM

    Tiki is fatbergasted

  56. rpiotr01 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:09 AM

    “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.

  57. rolloxd says: Nov 1, 2011 11:10 AM

    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.

  58. dukemarc says: Nov 1, 2011 11:11 AM

    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.

  59. minkytails says: Nov 1, 2011 11:11 AM

    I wanna kiss you.

  60. blurryvisi0n says: Nov 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    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.

  61. psdaleno says: Nov 1, 2011 11:19 AM

    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?”

  62. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 1, 2011 11:34 AM

    To anyone who was in the past, is currently, or might in the future be associated with the Jets:

    Please stop talking.

    The Rest of the World

  63. steelerfan999 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:47 AM

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

  64. baxman89 says: Nov 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    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.

  65. mrvikings says: Nov 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    in the picture it almost looks like he has a flask in his hand
    drink up joe
    but he does have a point rexy

  66. baxman89 says: Nov 1, 2011 12:10 PM


  67. prior0knowledge says: Nov 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    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?

  68. gb4mn0 says: Nov 1, 2011 12:24 PM

    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.

  69. greenpacker says: Nov 1, 2011 12:35 PM


  70. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 1, 2011 12:43 PM

    I can’t wait for a reporter to ask Rex what he thinks about the team struggling.

  71. 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.

  72. woodsa22 says: Nov 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    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.


    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!

  73. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 1, 2011 12:49 PM

    And he’s right about one thing: Rex is the bigger man.

  74. Robert says: Nov 1, 2011 12:52 PM

    My Joe Namath Los Angeles Ram jersey has just lost value.

  75. mackie66 says: Nov 1, 2011 12:52 PM

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

  76. elvoid says: Nov 1, 2011 1:00 PM

    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?


    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?

  77. fordboy183 says: Nov 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    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.

  78. blackdonnelly says: Nov 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    Yes, of course. Back to the championship game, where they’ll lose (again).

  79. electstat says: Nov 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    Namath probably is hoping that the Jets never win another SB. His entire relevance depends on it.

  80. blowtorch1964 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:35 PM

    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.

  81. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 3:54 PM

    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.

  82. rollerino1 says: Nov 1, 2011 10:52 PM

    Lol! Damn!

  83. lance19 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:29 AM

    Wow! Lotta thin-skinned Jets fans in here.

    It was funny.

  84. monropoobah says: Nov 2, 2011 4:00 AM

    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.

  85. jetsfan136 says: Nov 2, 2011 10:30 AM

    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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