Overcame our critics — Namath
Miami, Fla. — While his teammates whooped it up and his coach called him “fabulous,” Joe Namath — defiant as ever after steering the New York Jets to victory over Baltimore in the Super Bowl — proclaimed himself a “poor winner.”
“I’m only talking to New York writers — those were the guys who had faith in us,” the Jets quarterback told the tight squeeze of newspapermen around him in the jubilant Jets dressing room.
“I’m a poor winner,” Broadway Joe said and pushed away microphones pushed in his face. But Joe relented when they put him on television. He called the Jets’ 16-7 upset of the National Football League champions in the third annual world championship a victory for the entire American Football League.
“We overcame our critics. Most people predicted a 42-13 loss; we overcame our critics,” said the sweating Namath, a cup of soda pop in his hand and black grease paint still on his cheeks.
“We surprised the critics but Baltimore’s a fine football team.”
(Jan. 13, 1969)