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Namath: A Biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Such an American Story

    It is with great sense of irony that I read this biography. Growing up with a football-mad father and high school-star-quarterback brothers, I was able to make the leap between the sport and the near-spiritual devotion it inspires. As a school girl during Super Bowl III, I was crazy about the New York Jets, much to the dismay of my father and brothers, who seemed to think that football is something akin to the military and should be reconized as such. I understood early on that football players need not necessarily be dumb; they game they play is complex. And indeed, if Joe Namath is any example, so are those who play it. His brash, scotch-and-sex-fueled public persona is contrasted with a deeply-held Catholic faith; his love for his family proved to be the stabililizer that drew him back from the edge more than once. Through the writer's eyes, Joe Namath is at turns a man to be admired, disliked, envied and pitied. He is fully human, complete with the ying/yang union of boldness and strength, surfacing out insecurity and fear. For those who have any memory of Joe Namath, this is an thorougly insightful look at the country's first fully-marketed sports peronality, a brand to be sold and resold to a never ending line of bidders. What's more, no punches are pulled. Despite his inability to interview Namath himself, the author has been able to access information that allowed him to create a well-developed look at a complicated, loveable American sports hero -- a true reflection of the enigmatic country his father came to as a young man. It is worth the time.

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