“I think there’s a hidden record in that game,” he said.
“What record would that be, Joe?”
“I’m pretty sure I threw six interceptions in the second half.”
I looked it up. He did.
I ask you: How many Hall of Fame quarterbacks would volunteer that kind of information about themselves? But Namath never took anything too seriously, especially himself. Fans who weren’t around 50 years ago will look at his statistics — the 50.1 percent completion rate, the 220 INTs, the 65.5 passer rating — and think: What was the big deal?
To which I reply: Folks, you had to be there.
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