Early 1970's Joe Namath Game Worn New York Jets Jersey.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionEarly 1970's Joe Namath Game Worn New York Jets Jersey. We'll never know for certain if Babe Ruth truly called his shot prior to his Game Three blast of the 1932 World Series, but there is no such controversy over the improbable prediction made by another legend of the Big Apple playing fields. Joe Namath's guarantee of a Super Bowl III victory for his underdog New York Jets became one of the greatest stories of the post-war gridiron when he delivered on that promise, a conquest that proved to be a crucial turning point for the man, the team, and the American Football League itself. Only the "Miracle on Ice" of the 1980 U.S. hockey team is remembered as a greater David and Goliath tale.
The offered garment finds Namath as the most famous resident of the professional gridiron, a status conferred upon him by that heroic turn in Super Bowl III. Though the Jets would never again set their landing gear upon the sport's mountain top, Namath would remain one of the League's top quarterbacks, and one of the most popular and compelling figures in the entirety of American sports. This special brew of celebrity and skill--Namath ranked number ninety-six on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999--fuels a red-hot market for quality game used relics from his Hall of Fame career.
This is a rare cold-weather style, crafted from a heavy cotton/nylon blend that saw limited NFL action with the Jets, Vikings, Bills and Cowboys. This Jets model features green tackle twill numbers "12" on front and back, with "Namath" similarly applied to rear nameplate. Sleeve numerals are in white. Each sleeve holds a team repair, with a couple more on the reverse of the body. The Jets would have used this style only sparingly, but clear game use is evident, even beyond these surgical repairs. Proper "Sand-Knit Size 50" label appears at lower left front tail, the large size correct for a period during which the battle-scarred quarterback wore extra rib padding and shoulder protection. A fine representation from the immortal Broadway Joe. LOA from Heritage Auctions.
Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.
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