October 9, 2011 |
Our interview with Jack Youngblood is the latest in a series of Q&As with prominent sports figures. Jack Youngblood is 61 and still Ram tough. The Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman from the 1970s and early '80s has just released a biography, "Because It Was Sunday," a reference to Youngblood's willingness to endure whatever pain necessary to play in the NFL. The Hall of Famer famously broke a leg in the second quarter of a playoff upset of the Dallas Cowboys. Youngblood completed that game, helped the Rams shut out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0, to put the Rams in their first Super Bowl in 1980, then suited up in a near-upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.
December 16, 2007 |
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Broadway Joe was back on campus, finally getting a diploma to go with his football accolades. Joe Namath, who won a national championship with the Crimson Tide in 1964 but quit school before going on to become a pro football great, returned to the University of Alabama on Friday to pick up the degree he earned 42 years later. Namath completed a 30-hour program over the last five years to earn bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.
August 29, 2004 |
Ask the average football fan to name the game's famous players, and the odds are pretty good that Joe Namath, though he hasn't thrown a pass since Jimmy Carter's second year in office, will be at the top of the list. If you recognize his name but don't know why you should, "Namath: A Biography" by former New York Daily News columnist Mark Kriegel will tell you what all the fuss was about.
November 15, 2002 |
Joe Namath, who led the New York Jets to victory in Super Bowl III, was in Los Angeles this week speaking to groups of arthritis sufferers about his battles with the disease. He has formed Joe Namath's Arthritis Huddle and travels around the country touting a drug called Mobic. Football took its toll. He can't close his hands. Ten years ago, he had both knees replaced. He has suffered torn ligaments in both shoulders and a broken wrist, ankle, ribs and cheekbone.
September 17, 2002 |
Dan Daly of the Washington Times, commenting on the late Johnny Unitas: "Growing up in Beaver Falls, Pa., Joe Namath idolized Unitas--so much so that friends called him 'Joey U.' Namath wore Johnny's No. 19 jersey for home games, but had to settle for No. 29 on the road because there was no 19." * More Unitas: Jamison Hemsley of the Baltimore Sun commenting on Tampa Bay's rout of the Ravens, 25-0: "On a day to remember a legend, the Ravens delivered a performance to forget."
May 12, 2002 |
Forget those notorious knees. Joe Namath wants to talk about his thighs. He rises slowly from his chair and gestures toward the back of his left leg. "It's a grapefruit!" he says. Or possibly a cantaloupe. Namath's hamstrings rolled up like window shades when he snapped them 30 years ago, and the repairs left a large knot in each leg. He also has new knees, bum thumbs, a bad back and a foot that tingles at night.