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New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is being fitted for his new mink coat by Hy Rifkin on Aug. 15, 1968, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where the Jets football team is practicing. The coat, which is estimated at $5,000, is the first mink coat to be worn by a professional male athlete in any sport. (AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is being fitted for his new mink coat by Hy Rifkin on Aug. 15, 1968, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where the Jets football team is practicing. The coat, which is estimated at $5,000, is the first mink coat to be worn by a professional male athlete in any sport. (AP)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Jets quarterback Joe Namath stands in the endzone during Super Bowl III against the Colts. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the New York Jets

Jets quarterback Joe Namath stands in the endzone during Super Bowl III against the Colts. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the New York Jets

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath (12) and his teammates sit on the bench during a 1962 game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Joe Namath

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath (12) and his teammates sit on the bench during a 1962 game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Joe Namath

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath and coach Bear Bryant stand on the sideline during a 1962 game against Tennessee. During his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record and a national championship in 1964. This year’s Alabama squad, which is ranked No. 1 in Andy Staples’ latest Power Rankings, is in position to win another championship if they keep up their dominant play.


STAPLES: Alabama No. 1 in this week’s Power Rankings 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath and coach Bear Bryant stand on the sideline during a 1962 game against Tennessee. During his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record and a national championship in 1964. This year’s Alabama squad, which is ranked No. 1 in Andy Staples’ latest Power Rankings, is in position to win another championship if they keep up their dominant play.
STAPLES: Alabama No. 1 in this week’s Power Rankings GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Jets quarterback Joe Namath attempts a pass during a Nov. 1969 game against the Chiefs at Shea Stadium. Kansas City, the eventual Super Bowl champion, would go onto win, 34-16. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Jets quarterback Joe Namath attempts a pass during a Nov. 1969 game against the Chiefs at Shea Stadium. Kansas City, the eventual Super Bowl champion, would go onto win, 34-16. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Two beloved New York sports icons, Joe Namath and Mickey Mantle, pose for a photo at the Bachelors III night spot in Manhattan. Namath is celebrating his 69th birthday on Thursday. (AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath


Two beloved New York sports icons, Joe Namath and Mickey Mantle, pose for a photo at the Bachelors III night spot in Manhattan. Namath is celebrating his 69th birthday on Thursday. (AP)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Joe Namath shuffles through the crowd at JFK Airport in this 1970 photo. The Jets legend is the subject of a HBO and NFL Films documentary called “Namath” that debuts Saturday.

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath


Joe Namath shuffles through the crowd at JFK Airport in this 1970 photo. The Jets legend is the subject of a HBO and NFL Films documentary called “Namath” that debuts Saturday.
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Super Bowl III was 43 years ago today. In this photo taken two days before the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath sits poolside and answers questions from the press. Note 29-year-old Brent Musberger (black shirt, front left) listening intently. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath | Super Bowl III: Classic Pics
SI VAULT: Namath backs up his talk as Jets beat Colts for title (1.20.69)

Super Bowl III was 43 years ago today. In this photo taken two days before the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath sits poolside and answers questions from the press. Note 29-year-old Brent Musberger (black shirt, front left) listening intently. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath | Super Bowl III: Classic PicsSI VAULT: Namath backs up his talk as Jets beat Colts for title (1.20.69)