Namath: a Biography

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Penguin, Jul 26, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the  few sports heroes to transcend the game he played. Novelist and former sports-columnist Mark Kriegel’s bestselling biography of the iconic quarterback details his journey from steel-town pool halls to the upper reaches of American celebrity—and beyond. The first of his kind, Namath enabled a nation to see sports as show biz. For an entire generation he became a spectacle of booze and broads, a guy who made bachelorhood seem an almost sacred calling, but it was his audacious “guarantee” of victory in Super Bowl III that ensured his legend. This unforgettable portrait brings readers from the gridiron to the go-go nightclubs as Kriegel uncovers the truth behind Broadway Joe and why his legend has meant so much to so many.
 

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Unvarnished look at football legend Joe Willie Namath. My favorite player as a kid emerges as a flawed hero but a very real, human being who has led a full life with many ups and downs. I understand ... Read full review

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Former sports columnist for the New York Daily News, Kriegel considers Namath as sports hero and cultural icon. Read full review

Contents

A Distant Fabled Land
1
The Lower End
7
Play Ball
12
Boy at the Top of the Stairs
18
PintSized Quarterback
25
Magic
32
Joey U
42
SmallTown Hero
52
Student of the Game
233
Fu Manchu
240
Disheveled but Happy
249
The Points
256
Super
272
Americas Hero
282
The Undesirables
292
The Joe Namath Show
302

Higher Education
61
The Tower
69
Colored Water
74
Stud
80
Of Southern Comforts and the Schoolhouse Door
86
Jimmy
95
Sippin
99
Doylestown Redux
107
Harry Wismers Titans of New York
114
Sonny as in Money
120
Happy New Year
130
Four Hundred Grand
140
Mistress Meniscus
147
Wampum
154
Salted Apples
163
No Guarantees
173
Booze and Broads
187
Liars Poker
197
The Star System
209
The Beauty of Joe
216
Bosses
227
Bigger Than the Game
313
The Agony of Defeat
322
The Score
335
Nobodys Perfect
343
Dont Trust Anyone Over Thirty
349
High Concept
356
Magic Six
361
Garden City Joe
369
Hollywood Ending
375
Thats Entertainment
386
Sound of the Soul
392
Deborah
399
Old Joe
404
Fiji
409
Tatiana
417
A Vinculo Matrimonii
423
Classic Sports
430
Acknowledgments
443
Source Notes
449
Index
499
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 Mark Kriegel is a former sports columnist for the New York Daily News and author of the novel Bless Me, Father.

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