Joe Namath admits his memory is going. But it is not all the way gone. He recognizes a good team when he sees one. He can always compare it to his Super Bowl championship team from 1968.
He knows, even for the Super Bowl starved Jets, it’s not impossible.
Namath has "Super" plans for this Jet team this year – which he first saw in person in Cortland at camp Thursday.
As Namath walked into the SUNY Cortland press box to speak with reporters, Namath read what was written across Bart Scott’s T-Shirt: “It’s not impossible, just ask Broadway Joe.”
Namath turned to Scott and gladly recited what he read, “Know to do the impossible, like Broadway Joe."
Thursday when stopping by with the team Namath made it clear with reporters. He has very high expectations for this team, and at this point in the preseason, he feels this is the best group he has seen in a while.
And if memory serves him right, maybe since that Jet team he once played for.
“This team that I'm looking at today is more suited to be able to follow through with a championship than what we've had out there,” Namath said. “I don't know if any of you can remember a team that we've had with this kind of defense or the kind of people we have now in the (skill positions).
After Namath stopped by, the Jets got the Broadway Joe stamp of approval. All of that talk leading up to Cortland is justified.
That forever Jet-smile was on Namath’s face throughout the entirety of his time with reporters as he announced the launch of his new website, Broadwayjoe.tv. Namath touched on an array of topics, stemming from his bewilderment with the loss of Alan Faneca, to what he sees out of Mark Sanchez to the new Jet acquicitions.
But at the end of every answer it all came back to one thing. Every smile-laced statement came back to it.
That justification. And a swagger.
The most famous Jet of them all is confident, borderline cocky. Cocky enough to weather the torrential rain in Cortland and speak with Jason Taylor for the first time. He seeked the former Dolphin out and jokingly told him what was on his mind.
“I couldn’t help myself but to go over to Jason Taylor and say ‘good to see you in Green’. Our green. Not that funky green."
But his current swagger, and that swagger from 1968 pales in comparison to that of this Jet group. With every smile and word Namath made that obvious.
This Jet team’s swagger trumps all of that memory. If, that is, it is still dependable.
Said Namath: “ I never dreamed it would be a long time coming. Of course I never dreamed that I would live to this age.”