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Say It Ain't So! Joe Namath Most Overrated NFL Player Ever

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Joe Namath is the most overrated NFL player of all time -- at least according to readers of ESPN's Page 2.

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ESPN's unscientific poll of Page 2 readers had the New York Jets Hall of Fame quarterback gathering an astounding 40 percent of the vote -- not that I disagree with them.

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One of those Page 2 readers who voted for Namath summed his career up like this. "He's in the Hall of Fame because he was good looking, had a great nickname in Broadway Joe, guaranteed a victory in Super Bowl III, and did a pantyhose ad. Glad they had such high standards back then."

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Take that, Broadway Joe. Sadly, I am not going to argue with it.

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Here are some of Joe Willie's career numbers, from Pro-Football-Reference.com, via ESPN.

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  • Career Record: 62-63-4.
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  • Completion Percentage: 50.1 (1,886 of 3,762).
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  • Touchdowns: 173.
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  • Interceptions: 220.
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Closest comparison I can find in today's game is Rex Grossman (more INTs that TDs for his career, 54% completions). What is Grossman now? A backup quarterback. I am not saying that is what Namath would be today, but it's amazing that his 'Hall of Fame' resume includes numbers that equate to a current backup QB.

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