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He Could Go 'All The Way': Joe Namath Enters His 4th Quarter

In a new autobiography, the great NFL quarterback details his ups (like a Super Bowl victory) and downs (like the Suzy Kolber incident and alcoholism), as he stares down his legacy.
Joe Namath speaks at halftime of a New York Jets game in 2018. As quarterback, he led the Jets to a Super Bowl win and Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1969. Source: Mike Stobe

Super Bowl III, 1969: The New York Jets were playing the mighty Baltimore Colts. Nobody predicted the Jets would win. Well, except for Jets quarterback Joe Namath, who did more than predict a victory. "I guarantee it," he said before the game.

Fifty years later, his legacy is still tied up in those three words.

"I think that particular game, even though we're talking 50 years ago, man, anyone that was around then or checks out the history says, 'Hey wait, we

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