Top 60 Joe Namath Quotes

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Joseph William Namath is the full name of one of the American former professional football player. He played as a quarterback in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. An AFL icon player, Joe Namath played for New York Jets during his professional football career. He was also linked with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.  

Moreover, he is the player who was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News’s list among the 100 Greatest Football Players. He is the best and will be forever. His contribution to sports is unlimited so, follow the following 60 quotes by Joe Namath.  

Joe Namath with his precious award
Joe Namath with his precious award


“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”― Joe Namath

“You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.”― Joe Namath

“I’ve figured out that life in general is a team effort; it’s a team game.”― Joe Namath

“Till I was 13, I thought my name was ‘Shut Up.’”― Joe Namath

“We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.”― Joe Namath

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”― Joe Namath

“There are some things you only learn through experience.”― Joe Namath

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“None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”― Joe Namath

“How you recover from what life’s throwing at you is what matters.”― Joe Namath

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”― Joe Namath

“First, I prepare. Then I have faith.”― Joe Namath

“Whether it’s 18 years old or 40 years old, we think we know what’s going on. But if you’re lucky enough to continue the journey, its amazing how we keep learning how much we didn’t know.”― Joe Namath

“After I hurt the knee, football wasn’t nearly as much fun. I was limited. But you make do with what you have. I adjusted some. I was lucky to play as long as I did, with the different kinds of injuries I got. I played with two severed hamstring muscles in my leg late in my career. I could barely run, other than to drop back to pass.”― Joe Namath

“I think there’s always going to be a problem dealing with firearms, with knives. It’s the animal we are that cause the problems.”― Joe Namath

“I was focused on athletics, outdoors, sports.”― Joe Namath

“When you win, nothing hurts.”― Joe Namath

“I’m lucky.”― Joe Namath

“I believe in letting a guy live the way he wants to if he doesn’t hurt anyone.”― Joe Namath

“When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York.”― Joe Namath

“My philosophy in life, where I was trying to get, could have been a little bit different.”― Joe Namath

“Times have changed. The athletes have changed.”― Joe Namath

“What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.”― Joe Namath

“I think that at some point in your life you realize you don’t have to worry if you do everything you’re supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can… what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can.”― Joe Namath

Joe Namath with his two beautiful daughters
Joe Namath with his two beautiful daughters

“I was born with the gift.”― Joe Namath

“I don’t think that I’ve ever been a backup.”― Joe Namath

“I was a workhorse; there was never a practice that I didn’t enjoy.”― Joe Namath

“Of course, in pro ball, they never hit the quarterback in practice.”― Joe Namath

“Johnny Unitas was my hero.”― Joe Namath

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“As a football coach, everything in your life comes after your football schedule. I just could not make that commitment.”― Joe Namath

“I was lucky enough when it came to sports and work ethic to be taught some basics that continue to be important.”― Joe Namath

“I deal with football from a realistic, logical point of view.”― Joe Namath

“I was a very naive young man, and I may still be ignorant about a lot of things.”― Joe Namath

“I should have been thinking more about my family, how I raised my children, how I maintained life’s work, so to speak.”― Joe Namath

“I don’t like to date so much as I just like to kind of, you know, run into somethin’, man.”― Joe Namath

“I’d rather go to Vietnam than get married.”― Joe Namath

“I don’t care what a man is as long as he treats me right. He can be a gambler, a hustler, someone everybody else thinks is obnoxious, I don’t care so long as he’s straight with me and our dealings are fair.”― Joe Namath

“I couldn’t do anything I didn’t enjoy.”― Joe Namath

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“Where I came from, sports were the only way to get out front.”― Joe Namath

“My ego’s not the kind that says, ‘I want to be an actor and be accepted as that.’”― Joe Namath

“I’m always gonna be Joe Namath, and I’m not running from that.”― Joe Namath

“I like music and I like ladies. I like to see them dance.”― Joe Namath

“My family’s the most important thing in my life.”― Joe Namath

“Something’s been guiding me around throughout my life.”― Joe Namath

“It feels bad to feel like you’re not wanted.”― Joe Namath

“There’s an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue.”― Joe Namath

“I’ve tested life and I’ve learned what works for me.”― Joe Namath

“I took my time to find the perfect girl.”― Joe Namath

“I’ve always said I’m going to get married only once.”― Joe Namath

“I have to convince myself I know what I’m doing.”― Joe Namath

“I can’t compare family to athletics.”― Joe Namath

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“I am a football fan, yeah.”― Joe Namath

“I’ve been some through some things medically. I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment – and I’ve improved.”― Joe Namath

“Pressure just makes you go a little more. I kind of like pressure.”― Joe Namath

“Until my senior year, baseball and basketball were my best sports; and even when I was a senior, I still wanted to play baseball professionally. But the family wanted me to go to college, and I guess I agreed with them, or else I would have accepted some of the offers I got.”― Joe Namath

“I have no idea what my batting average was in high school, but I know it wasn’t below .450, and that’s pretty good hitting where I come from.”― Joe Namath

“I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don’t think I could have reached the heights that I have in football – being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion.”― Joe Namath

“I don’t like going out on a date unless I know the broad a little bit beforehand. By the way, ‘broad’ to me is not a detrimental term for women; it’s simply another word for female. Anyway, I don’t really go out a whole lot, because there aren’t many girls I like to take out and spend a whole evening with – at least not an evening in public.”― Joe Namath

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“The name of the game is ‘kill the quarterback.’ Every football team tries to knock the guy out of the game that’s handling the ball.”― Joe Namath

“Most of my recognition comes from us winning that championship. The words may not come out – ‘Super Bowl III’ – because a lot of the folks at the grocery store, gas station or mall weren’t even born when we won the Super Bowl. But they’re aware of it. It has had a tremendous impact on my life since then.”― Joe Namath

“After my first knee operation, in January of ’65 before I went to the Jets, Dr. James Nicholas told me everything went well and that I could probably play four years in the NFL. The surgery was trailblazing to a certain extent.”― Joe Namathi1`

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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