Joe Namath says concussions caused later problems


They have much in common, being Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, but Joe Namath couldn’t be more different than Troy Aikman on one front.

Namath told CBS in an interview that will air Sunday morning that he has heath problems now tied to concussions from his playing days.

“I’ve been some through some things medically,” Namath said in the excerpt, via the New York Daily News. “I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment – and I’ve improved.

“None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”

Of course, Namath has other health problems from his days with the game, as he’s had both knees replaced.

It will be interesting to see if there’s any follow-up to his claims in the full interview, specifically on the problems he’s had related to his cognitive health.

22 responses to “Joe Namath says concussions caused later problems

  1. But he doesn’t have a problem earning money from giving away tickets on commercials or broadcasting Jets games.

    Look I feel bad for injured players; but to have no qualms while earning 6-7 figure salaries discussing football AND complaining at the same time is hypocritical.

    Ask K Warner if he’d rather still stock shelves or be immensely rich. He’ll keep the money and pass the blame.

  2. With all due respect to Joe Namath, one of the true legends of the game, it’s difficult to take his “concussion claims” seriously when he spent most of his life in a drunken stupor. Alcohol abuse and old age can play tricks on a person’s brain.

  3. Joe Namath had serious injury issues. From his knee’s to concussions, I have no doubt his injuries have taken a toll on his body but the alcohol and partying will also take a toll on your body.

    I still love Namath though, he is the definition of 1970’s bada**

  4. Joe Namath is 70 years old and doesn’t have a single gray hair. He had his knees replaced but he is still in great shape for his next career as the guaranteed stud in the retirement village. Lock up your grandmas.

  5. Joe Namath believes he is having memory problems as he can’t remember the Jets playing in the Super Bowl for over 45 years.

  6. Least deserving QB (maybe player) in the Pro Football HoF. Average at best career + 1 shining moment does not a HoF player make. Case closed.

  7. Actually his stats are quite amazing when you take the Era into consideration. It is also HOF not HOStats.

    You young people have no clue of the mugging and hits the WR’s took. It was a brawl up and down the field. Totally different game.

  8. Career stats: 50.1% completion percentage, 173 TD passes, 220 Ints. I like Namath, he was fun to watch and he had his moments, but those are not hall of fame numbers…

  9. You young people? Thank you soverymuch seeing as how I’ll be 60 in less than 4 1/2 months. So I remember watching Namath and the Jets and the muggings, etc., and still submit he had a HoF moment, not career. Peace out, my brother. Or, as we young people say, Power to the People.

  10. ttommytom:
    Well said!!!
    Here’s how much the game has changed from then to now: In 1978, Terry Bradshaw led the league with 28 TD passes.
    Twenty-eight TD passes are a half-season of work for Manning, Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Rodgers.

  11. “Heath problems are easy to cure. ”

    Do you have any idea how easy it is to avoid knee replacement surgery. it takes 2 dollars a day in calcium supplements to avoid it.

  12. ampats says:
    Jan 31, 2014 10:27 AM
    Joe Namath believes he is having memory problems as he can’t remember the Jets playing in the Super Bowl for over 45 years.

    i just wanted to point out that there are some pats fans, probably a lot, who are pretty classy.

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