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Joe Namath Leads Jets in Super Bowl III – January 12, 1969

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A solid case can be made that the modern era of professional football began when the New York Jets, led by Joe Namath, defeated the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III.

So it is no surprise that hearing for nearly two weeks about how badly the Baltimore Colts were going to pummel his team from the supposedly inferior league did not sit well with Namath. Answering a Colts fan heckling him at the Miami Touchdown Club three days before the game, Namath finally snapped: “We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it.” Read more NY Daily News

Namath, chosen the outstanding player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and directed a steady attack that dominated the NFL champions after the Jets’ defense had intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half. Read more

The New York Jets exposed the myth of National Football League superiority over the “little league” as a colossal fraud today by inflicting a 16-7 disaster on the Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl game.Midnight struck for Cinderella quarterback Earl Morrall of the Colts and even Johnny Unitas could not deliver in the clutch. Read more Washington Post


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