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Joe Namath warms to Tim Tebow trade -- but only slightly

March 26, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Ex-Jet Joe Namath has reconsidered his position on his former team's latest acquisition.
Ex-Jet Joe Namath has reconsidered his position on his former team's… (Tom Strattman / Associated…)

When the Jets traded for Tim Tebow last week, one of the most vocal critics was Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.

"I think it stinks," the former Jets star told USA Today.

He said starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who had just been signed to a three-year contract extension, should consider the trade "a slap in the face."

But Namath dialed down the disdain a bit Monday in an interview with Fox Business Network, saying, "I have changed my mind slightly" on Tebow, who was introduced as the backup in a predictably over-the-top news conference.

"He’s the biggest star, one of them certainly, in the game today, so I think the Jets have done a terrific thing here in bringing the Jet fans a real star," Namath said. "Now, can the star continue to play football and contribute properly without disrupting what they have there at this time?

"“I have changed my mind slightly. You see the overview that the personnel in the Jets administration have, they give more thought to the marketing and the other edges of the business than I do. I think more of the football field, the locker room and what they’re trying to achieve on the field. I just don’t think the team is in a position right now with their players to have  a successful season next year. I think they need fixes in other areas."

Namath couldn't help but take a little jab at the team's front office, remarking, "There’s an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue."

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