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Namath changing his tune on Tebow?

1965: JOE NAMATH, QB, New York Jets (AFL)

1965: JOE NAMATH, QB, New York Jets (AFL)
It was Namath who first ushered in the idea of athlete as celebrity. But on the field, he made nearly as large an impact. A five-time Pro Bowler and 1985 Hall of Fame inductee, Namath guaranteed his underdog Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Then he went out and did just that. He led the NFL three times in passing yards. In 13 NFL seasons (12 with the Jets), Namath threw 173 touchdown passes and ran for another seven. He also scored the first touchdown in NFL overtime history.
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Well, sorta.

The Hall of Fame quarterback has been making the media rounds of late, discussing the polarizing figure that is Tim Tebow. Namath was particularly critical last week of the Jets, who traded with Denver for the quarterback last week. But on Monday morning, he told Fox Business Network that he has a better understanding of the management’s decision-making. But the more you listened to the interview, it became clear the Super Bowl III champion isn’t buying the move – from a strictly football point of view.

On the Jets signing Tim Tebow:

“He’s the biggest star, one of them certainly in the game today so I think the Jets have done a terrific thing here in bringing the Jet fans a real star. Now, can the star continue to play football and contribute properly without disrupting what they have there at this time? The Jets need help. They finished 8-8 last year. They’re thin with their safeties, linebackers, offensive line. It’s really a wait and see how Tim Tebow and the Jets team does. As a quarterback, I would not like this a little bit. I don’t know a quarterback, a starter in the NFL that appreciates being taken off the field in clutch situations.”

On whether he has changed his mind since saying the Jets didn’t know what they were doing by signing Tebow:

“I have changed my mind slightly. You see the overview that the personnel in the Jets administration have, they give more thought to the marketing and the other edges of the business than I do. I think more of the football field, the locker room, and what they’re trying to achieve on the field. I just don’t think the team is in a position right now with their players to have a successful season next year. I think they need fixes in other areas. Whenever I see the move with Tim Tebow, that’s just telling me they really don’t have all that confidence in Mark Sanchez that they’ve been telling Mark and telling the fans certainly with the new contract and there’s an old saying amongst players in football talking about your general manger and coaches, they speak with a forked tongue.”

On whether the Jets made a smart football move by signing Tebow:

“That’s over my head. I’d say no as a player, as a fan I’d say you’re darn right. It’s good for the fans absolutely.”

On whether he spoke to anyone personally about Tim Tebow

“No. absolutely not. Feelings have been hurt on both sides here. Whenever I criticize what the team does so that’s not accepted well. Just as, I might add, a quarterback that the Jets had sought last year, he probably won’t be around this year, the guy that started the locker room controversy, Greg McElroy.  He’s not gonna be there with the Jets I wouldn’t think.”

On his bottom line call on Tebow:

“I think he’s going to help the team possibly but at the end of the day, no I don’t think it’s going to be a positive move, not in the long run. I am hoping it is, but until Tebow learns to improve his passing game, I don’t think Holmes is going to be happy, the wide receivers. There’s not one NFL team that’s used this kind of formation that hasn’t been suffering offensively. You’re gonna take your best player, your quarterback off the field, or one of your best guys and substitute and that’s showing a weakness right there.”


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