Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl Team That Changed Football

Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl Team That Changed Football

by Bob Lederer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062798046
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 110,256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Bob Lederer is a writer and the founder of RFL Communications. A former resident of Flushing, New York, and current Jets fan from the team’s inception in 1963, he scrupulously followed the New York Jets through its early ups and downs—and its transformation into a championship contender. The Jets’ victory on January 12, 1969, when Bob was sixteen-years-old, was the most exciting sports day in his life. Now sixty-four, he has waited years to learn the full story from Joe Namath’s teammates, and can’t wait to share the Super Bowl-winning team’s story with Jets and football fans. He lives in Illinois.

Table of Contents

Foreword Matt Snell (for the Offensive Squad) xi

Foreword Gerry Philbin (for the Defensive Squad) xv

1968 World Champion New York Jets Roster xx

Part 1

1 Before There Was a Super Bowl 3

2 The Five-Year Plan 11

3 Winning the AFL Championship Game 15

4 Reactions to Joe's "Guarantee" 19

5 Super Bowl III: Jets 16, Colts 7 25

Part 2 Profiles Of The 1068-80 Super Bowl Jets

6 David A. "Sonny" Werblin: Principal Owner 37

7 Wilbur "Weeb" Ewbank: General Manager and Coach 47

8 Joe Namath: Quarterback #12 63

9 "O" Line: It Protected Namath at All Costs 77

10 Receivers: Sunshine, the Fast Ray Berry, Bake, and Big Boy 107

11 Running Backs: Power, Speed, and a Lot of Blocking 135

12 The Kickers: "King of the 43-Yard Punt," Tank, and "Goldfinger" 161

13 Defensive Line: Dominating Agility, Quickness, and Smarts 179

14 Linebackers: Three Different Styles Came Together 207

15 Defensive Secondary: It Thrived with Free Agents & Former QBs 231

16 Special Teams: Underappreciated Suicide Squadders 267

17 Assistant Coaches: They Turned Collegians into All-Pros 309

Part 3

18 How Super Bowl III Changed Everything 341

Super Bowl III Play-by-Play 351

Acknowledgments 361

Notes 369

Index 385

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