Joe Namath to get the HBO treatment


One year after playing a supporting role on Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets, Joe Namath will be the star of the show in an upcoming documentary on HBO.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that the movie is currently in the production phase.

Namath’s story has been well covered, but its also one of the most fascinating and multi-faceted in the NFL’s history.   HBO almost always gets their sports documentaries right so we’re looking forward to this.

15 responses to “Joe Namath to get the HBO treatment

  1. Darn, darn, darn, darn!!!! I have HBO free for the next couple of months. Don’t suppose the documentary will be airing before June 1? Shoot. We Bama fans still love our Joe.

    Roll Tide!!!!

  2. Will it cover how Joe Namath is the most overrated player in the history of sports, how is the worst player to ever be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and how “The Guarantee” is the most overblown and misrepresented story of the 20th century.

    Joe Namath is a myth created by the New York Media. If he played anywhere but New York, he’d be just another quarterback.

  3. And when I say “The Guarantee” is misrepresented, I mean that people act like he was the OchoCinco of his generation running his mouth all week before the big game.

    In reality, the New York media wouldn’t stop harassing him and badgering him until they forced him to make an off-the-cuff comment out of pure frustration.

  4. Overrated? People can say that. However, he made a big statement for the “AFL” teams when he won that Superbowl. Not to mention he is the father of the modern day passer.

  5. “In reality, the New York media wouldn’t stop harassing him and badgering him until they forced him to make an off-the-cuff comment out of pure frustration.”

    That’s not even remotely what happened. He was being honored at a dinner the week of Super Bowl III and some people in the crowd (one version says it was actually a Colt player) heckled him saying the Jets had no chance and he responded with his guarantee.

    Namath was the original gunslinger in a gunslinger’s league where DBs could manhandle receivers all over the field and DLs could hit the QB long after he released the ball. That’s why his stats aren’t that strong. His most hated rivals in Oakland (Al Davis, John Madden, etc.) acknowledge he was special. People who bad mouth him never really saw him play in his prime.

  6. @geauxjay …

    First … glad he wasn’t the Ochocinco of his day.

    Second … how would the circumstances of a comment he made have any impact on what kind of player he was? Joe still QB’d the best team in the nation in college football, then went to the pros and QB’d the biggest upset in football history, which ultimately led to the AFL/NFL merge and the formation of the NFL as we know it today. The “guarantee” is just a side story to all that. It wouldn’t matter if he hadn’t said anything. Games are played on the field–and he won.

  7. oh gezz, did any of you watch him play? of just know of the “legend”? truth be told he probably would be a bench qb in today’s NFL if that, i could go into all the things that make him “not” a quality qb but if you didn’t watch him play then you wouldn’t understand! all you see is his “highlights” which are few, for one thing he was a slug in the pocket, in todays NFL he wouldn’t last a season without a top notch o-line, he wasn’t accurate at all, HBO would do better on a film about some real tangible sports hero, say Kareem Abdul Jabbar

  8. @robertallen1958 …

    Your premise is absurd. You can’t take athletes out of their era and compare them to athletes of future eras. None would stand up because athletes continue to get bigger, stronger, and faster. Jesse Owens wouldn’t make the Olympic track team today. Does that mean he wasn’t a significant figure in the sport?

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