Joe Namath calls Derek Jeter an 'angel'

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Broadway Joe was filled with praise for Mr. November.

Joe Namath says Yankees captain Derek Jeter is an "angel" for his life on and off the field.

The quarterback was at New York's spring training game Monday against the Washington Nationals to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a Yankees No. 12 uniform, Namath took out the starting lineup before the game to the umpires.

"Over all the years, I've learned to respect what teammates and coaches have to say about the guys they work with, and I've only heard wonderful compliments about him," Namath said. "And then we get to see him in person, or on the television, or how he conducts himself away from the game, or off the field. The scrutiny that he's had over the years, and I can't imagine how the guy could be an angel like this over the years. He's to be respected for every phase of his life it seems.

"Many of us fell short in some of that, but learned to bounce back," Namath added. "It's human to err, and I know about that. We do our best to come back. Derek hasn't made many errors that I've been able to witness."