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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: October 2004 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 12/9/2013

    " Joe Cool, Joe Willie namath, Broadway Joe, no matter what you call him, Joe Namath was the godfather of of the pro ball player being like a rock star. This book covers the ups and downs of Joe Cool and it also sheds light on the early days of the modern NFL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/5/2013

    " There's just something about Broadway Joe! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances Kulovitz | 9/17/2013

    " A great biography. Never knew so much about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Sariego | 4/27/2013

    " Excellent story of a childhood hero, both his good qualities and his warts. Easily one of the best sports biographies I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doy | 12/7/2012

    " I know to a lot of people (people who don't understand how great the New York Jets are), Joe Namath is just some football player. However, the greatest writers of our times couldn't invent a more colorful character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/7/2012

    " If you're a Namath fan, and I am, you will love this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 7/9/2012

    " Great book! Illustrates Namath's rise from a small steeltown in PA to an icon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Busovsky | 7/4/2012

    " Ha Ha...I love namath. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brody | 11/11/2011

    " Very boring. Lots of newspaper clips put together. You can tell that Namath did not endorse this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 9/1/2011

    " Great biography! Gave me a huge appreciation for how much Namath meant to the game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Steinhiser | 2/23/2011

    " Awesome book! Builds the mystique of Namath even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/15/2010

    " What made this biography so good for me wasn't just the profile specifically on Namath himself, but the multifaceted look on the elements around him; notably the TV business that hitched its wagon around him. Thanks to Kriegel's work, I am reminded that truthfully, there's nothing new under the sun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/3/2010

    " Another great Joe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 10/27/2010

    " Joe Cool, Joe Willie namath, Broadway Joe, no matter what you call him, Joe Namath was the godfather of of the pro ball player being like a rock star. This book covers the ups and downs of Joe Cool and it also sheds light on the early days of the modern NFL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 10/7/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ardy Marie | 8/22/2009

    " Well, this man had an interesting life and was quite the ladies man. I don't know how he missed hitting on me. Maybe because I was 12.
    Worth Reading, he was a good guy who did impressive things and was a people person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/18/2008

    " Another good one to go on your list of sports biographies to read - good portrait of "Broadway Joe" from the fame and glory to the drink and depression. Didn't know Broadway Joe was an actor too. Liked the book. So impressed with the improving quality of sports writing.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/10/2008

    " 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 Doy | 3/6/2008

    " I know to a lot of people (people who don't understand how great the New York Jets are), Joe Namath is just some football player. However, the greatest writers of our times couldn't invent a more colorful character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/23/2008

    " A great biography. Never knew so much about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/3/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 2/1/2008

    " Great biography! Gave me a huge appreciation for how much Namath meant to the game. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brody | 7/10/2007

    " Very boring. Lots of newspaper clips put together. You can tell that Namath did not endorse this book. "

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About the Author

Mark Kriegel, a former sports columnist for the New York Daily News, is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Namath: A Biography. He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his daughter, Holiday.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.