Is Broadway Joe Just Another Bitter Old Timer, or Does The Miracle Kid of Super Bowl III Have a Valid Point?
For kids who grew up during the Joe Namath Era of New York Football, the fact that the NFL Hall of Fame Quaterback is now 69 years old is a true sign of age. The original media whore of the New York Jets football franchise has come out swinging against the Tim Tebow trade, and Joe Willie’s holding nothing back.
“I just think it’s a publicity stunt,” said the 1969 Super Bowl Hero who was, in all reality, the master of the publicity stunt. “I really think it’s wrong. I can’t go for it.”
The aging former superstar spoke to Michael Kay and Don La Greca on ESPN New York 1050 on Wednesday while the Jets and Broncos were trying to work through a reported holdup in the proposed trade. Kay asked Namath if he hoped the deal would ultimately fall apart.
“Absolutely!” Joe yelled out without hesitation. “And I’m a Tim Tebow fan! But I’m a bigger Jet fan than I am a Tim Tebow fan.”
The first “Madison Avenue” franchise quaterback said he thought the Jets acquiring Tebow was bad for the team, especially consider they already have a starting quaterback in Mark Sanchez.
“I don’t think they know what they’re doing over there right now,” Joe stated. “They give Sanchez a new contract, they pat him on the back and then they bring in two more quarterbacks.”
The Tebow Trade came less than week after the Jets signed Drew Stanton to be Sanchez’s backup.
“I think Sanchez should be angry about what’s taken place,” Joe stated. “Is this the Jets’ way of shoving (rookie backup QB Greg) McElroy out of the way? … I’m baffled. I just think they’re kind of mixed up over there, and I’m talking about the folks that are making the decisions. The owner of the team says they’re not interested in Peyton Manning, and that’s good, but meantime they end up being interested in Tebow? Come on, this is crazy.”
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