Joe Namath, the most famous quarterback to ever play for the New York Jets, is very supportive of New York’s current QB, Mark Sanchez. These days, Namath is semi-retired and spends most of his time in Florida. But he still serves as a sort of unofficial spokesman for his old franchise, and when Namath spoke to a YouWager news source recently, it made headlines. Namath has spoken out for Sanchez before, such as the time the team traded for Tim Tebow.
Back in December of the 2003 NFL football wagering season, Namath got more attention than he wanted with his remarks. After have a lot of champagne with former Jets stars, as the team honored their all-team player, during an ESPN live shot with Suzy Kolber, an attractive on-air personality, Namath was asked how he felt about Chad Pennington, then New York’s starting quarterback, and his thoughts on why the Jets were struggling. Namath, clearly feeling no pain, smiled and told Kolber, “I want to kiss you. I couldn’t care less about the team struggling.”
Later, Namath apologized for the incident, and admitted he had a problem with alcohol, said he sought treatment, and he wrote all about it in his book, Namath.
Namath appears to be quite serious this time, in his show of support for Sanchez. He admits that the newly acquired Geno Smith is a sensational athlete, but he doesn’t think the Jets needed to select him in the 2013 NFL Draft. Namath told YouWager’s source, “No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback. They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”
Some of YouWager’s serious NFL football wagering fans agree with Broadway Joe. They think the New York Jets did not address some obvious needs. As he said a year ago, Namath still feels very strongly that Sanchez should be the starter. He said, “I am pulling for him. I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.”
It’s true, Sanchez was behind center when New York made it to two AFC championship games, and this was during his first two years in the NFL. However, as YouWager’s die hard bettors will tell you, two years later, Sanchez was responsible for 52 turnovers, the worst record in the league.
Namath, who knows a thing or two about comebacks, insists that the 2013 NFL season will be the year that Sanchez shines. Namath told YouWager’s source, “I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy. Mark’s not a puppy anymore. He’s gone through some things, growing process. As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to. He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.”
The online betting community agrees with Namath on one major point- Sanchez could be playing somewhere else in 2014. Some older sportsbook bettors may remember the last time Joe Namath made headlines with a very bold prediction. Namath guaranteed the Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. They won, 16-7.