1. Joe Namath, QB #12
- Super Bowl III MVP, Hall of Famer, Number Retired, Ring of Honor, 2-Time AFL Player of the Year, 1st All-Time in Passing, 1-Time 1st Team All-Pro, 5 Pro Bowls
Of course the greatest player in New York Jets history is Joe “Willie” Namath. How could it not be?
Is he a tad overrated in terms of all-time NFL greatness? Yes, he is. But don’t discount the importance he had on not only the overall health of a league – and the birth of America’s Game – but the revolution he took part in in terms of a “superstar living in society.”
He was the first bonafide celebrity athlete.
“Broadway Joe” isn’t just a part of Jets history, he is Jets history.
Namath, of course, ranks first in team history in almost every passing statistic. He was also the first in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a single-season (14-game schedule).
Guaranteeing a Super Bowl III victory not only put the Jets on the map, but an entire league.
Sometimes the aura surrounding the guy means so much more than just the stats.