This Day In Sports History (October 13th) – Bill Mazeroski
This Day In Sports History (October 14th) – Joe Namath
It was on this day in 1985 that the New York Jets retired the #12 jersey formerly worn by quarterback Joe Namath. Namath joined Don Maynard (#13) and Joe Klecko (#73) as the only other men to have their numbers officially retired by the Jets organization.
Namath spent his first twelve seasons with the Jets before playing with the Los Angeles Rams in his thirteenth and final season. He is most remembered for leading New York to a victory in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts. Despite being enormous underdogs, Namath publicly guaranteed that his Jets would upset the Colts, even though no one was giving them a chance. Broadway Joe made good on his promise, as New York stunned the football world by beating Baltimore 16-7.
The New York Jets played in the old AFL and even after the AFL-NFL merger, many people believed that the AFL teams were second rate compared to their NFL counterparts. In many ways, this victory by the Jets helped eliminate that stereotype and the old AFL teams started to get the respect they deserved.
Here is a tribute to Joe Namath.
Frank Wycheck, NFL – Born October 14th 1971 (age 40) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Javon Walker, NFL – Born October 14th 1978 (age 33) in Galveston, Texas
LaRon Landry, NFL – Born October 14th 1984 (age 27) in Ama, Louisiana