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HBO presents fascinating profile of former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath

The 90-minute documentary examines one of the NFL's most colorful performers
by Mel Bracht Modified: January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: January 26, 2012

His off-the-field activities brought him even more notoriety in the New York media market. They included nightclub carousing, owning a club that Commissioner Pete Rozelle later forced him to sell, movie and TV appearances, numerous romances, colorful wardrobes and a failed marriage. Namath laughs when reminiscing about wearing pantyhose for a commercial.

The documentary doesn't shy away from Namath's lifelong battle with alcohol. Embarrassing incidents include him offering his ABC boss a beer early in the morning of his only season as a “Monday Night Football” analyst in 1985 and kissing ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber in 2003 after slurring his words during an interview.

Near the end of the program, Namath tears up during a segment when he returns to Beaver Falls for a celebration of the school's 1960 state championship.

“Something's been guiding me around throughout my life,” Namath said. “I keep saying I'm a lucky guy.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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