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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kriegel Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the very few sports heroes who transcended their game. The son of a Hungarian immigrant, Namath left the steel country of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for the Deep South, where he played quarterback for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Almost four years later, he signed a $427,000 contract with the New York Jets that changed football forever, transforming a crude, violent game into show business. Namath became the most glamorous athlete in America; his fame nurtured by the age of television, the point spread, and the sexual revolution. His hair, his draft deferment, and his white shoes became symbols for a generation. But it was his guarantee of victory in Super Bowl III that ensured his legend.

In the tradition of Richard Ben Cramer's Joe DiMaggio, David Maraniss's A Life of Vince Lombardi, and Nick Tosches's Dino, Mark Kriegel details Namath's journey from steeltown pool halls to the upper reaches of American celebrity, and beyond. He renders Namath as an athlete and a man, a brave champion and a wounded soul. Here are Namath's complex relationships with pain and fame plus his appearances in pantyhose ads, on The Simpsons, and Nixon's Enemies List. Namath is not just for football fans, but for any reader interested in the central role of sports in American culture. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 1/5/2014

    " I truly enjoyed this book but was left with such a sad impression of Namath's life. His night club feverish antics were amusing alongside his drive to play and win on a completely busted knee... the sad part is how alone he was as he became middle aged, unremembered for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Kroskey | 12/26/2013

    " Joe was the man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott Mccloud | 12/20/2013

    " Best NFL book ever? Especially if you are a fan of Nick Toshes bio's like "Dino," who this guy is clearly influenced by and whom the author acknowledges. Read it during football season you will become a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 12/16/2013

    " I'm a big football fan, although not a huge Joe Namath fan. But this book was pretty intersting reading and seemed very complete and balanced. Enjoyable. "

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