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    A perfect representation from the franchise's greatest figure!

    1973-75 Joe Namath Game Worn New York Jets Jersey, MEARS A10. He first tasted football glory at the University of Alabama, leading the Crimson Tide to the National Championship in 1964. Legendary coach Bear Bryant called Namath, "the greatest athlete I ever coached." But it was in a uniform like the offered model that the gunslinging quarterback earned his immortality, under the white hot lights of the Big Apple sports press. Like Mickey Mantle before him, Namath had transitioned from a small town kid with peerless talent into the toast of New York City, a hard-partying hedonist known almost as much for his escapades off the field of play as for his brilliance on it. Namath's brash guarantee of an underdog Jets victory in Super Bowl III stands shoulder to shoulder with Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" in sporting lore for the fulfillment of unlikely prophecy. But only the Namath tale is unquestionably true.

    This white mesh gamer finds the Hall of Fame quarterback several years removed from his most storied achievement but still one of the most dynamic figures in the game. It exhibits particularly strong game wear for a quarterback jersey and the cut sleeve modification seen in period photography. Number "12" is screened in green on front and back, and in white at each sleeve. "Namath" is screened in bold block lettering to rear nameplate. Proper "Champion [size] L" manufacturer's label is present.

    While Namath jerseys do appear on the hobby's auction block with some limited regularity, it is important to note that the majority of those specimens tread the line between game issued and game worn, exhibiting very little evidence of the brutality of the sport. The presented representation is anything but a wallflower, a mute witness to Namath's daring style of play that paid little heed to thoughts of personal safety. Lead MEARS authenticator Troy Kinunen calls it the best mesh Namath he has ever examined. A laundry list of injuries would ultimately close the door on a great career after just twelve seasons, but there could be no doubt that Namath had left it all on the field by the time it was over. LOA from MEARS, A10. Letter of provenance from consignor. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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