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Joe Namath: 'I Feel Awful' About Damaged Relationship With Jets

Joe Namath and the Jets have had a contentious relationship the past couple of seasons, and Namath knows that is his doing

Joe Namath at the premiere of "Namath" at the HBO Theater on January 25, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
Joe Namath at the premiere of "Namath" at the HBO Theater on January 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
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Joe Namath is never shy about his opinions when it comes to his beloved New York Jets, the team the Hall of Fame quarterback took to their only Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl III. He knows his sharp criticisms of the Jets over the past year or so have turned his relationship with the team into a frosty one.

"I feel awful about it, I feel awful about my relationship with the Jets right now," Namath told ESPN New York Wednesday night during the premiere of HBO documentary, "Namath," at the HBO Theater. "I don't want them upset with Joe, but damn it, I have to say what I see, what I think, what I feel. I think they can do some things better, no doubt."

Namath has seemingly never been a fan of Jets coach Rex Ryan. He has ripped players. He was recently critical of the hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator.

The one player Namath is not heavily critical of is quarterback Mark Sanchez. Of the heavily-criticized quarterback, Namath said:

"Mark made some mistakes this year, no doubt, but he can play ... if they get the people around him, he's going to be fine."