Joe Namath calls out the New York Jets for ‘misleading’ their fans

New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath (left) speaks to the crowd as New York Giants former quarterback Phil Simms looks on before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath (left) believes his old team has misled its fans. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Most fans have been saying this same exact thing for quite some time. However, most fans do not have the same clout with the New York Jets that Joe Namath enjoys.

As the only quarterback to ever lead the franchise to a Super Bowl victory, when Namath speaks his mind regarding the Jets, people listen. Recently, Broadway Joe has had nothing good to say.

During a Thursday visit with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN, Namath accused the franchise of being “deceptive” and having “misled” fans regarding the talent level on the team.

“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” Namath said.  “They haven’t played up to how they’ve been touted.  And so I think they’ve misled the fans more or less.  They’ve made some bad decisions on personnel the last couple of years.”

After opening a massive, sparkling new stadium to be shared with the Giants, the G-Men have won a title while the Jets have flailed and missed time and again.

The organization’s decisions to bring in Tim Tebow, to sign Santonio Holmes to an extension, to trade Darrelle Revis, to drafting Sheldon Richardson have all been met with raised eyebrows by Namath and a large portion of the New York fanbase.

Most of those fans would love to tell Johnson how such moves have made them feel. However, Namath admits that his views have frosted the relationship between he and his beloved franchise, and specifically with Johnson.

“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath said. “Uncomfortable.  Because I was saying earlier, you don’t like to hear negative things, negative vibes, and Woody I’m sure doesn’t like the criticism.  I mean, when we’ve brushed shoulders in the past it hasn’t been the same as it was originally.  We don’t talk — ‘Hi, how are ya?’”

Namath will always — always — be known as the brash young star who first predicted a Super Bowl III victory over Baltimore and then went out onto the football field and backed up his words with a title-winning performance.

If the Jets don’t shape up, what will Woody Johnson be remembered for in terms of his NFL legacy?

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  • Linda Crowe

    Does Namath think fans are stupid! We Jet fans know the truth with every game they loose and every season that is not a winning. Broadway Joe needs to hush!

    • Linda is dumb

      you need to learn hoe to spell. lose*

      • Hey Trox

        You need to learn how to spell how, hoe

        • Linda Crowe

          Miss spelling was careless error. You reply is pompous

    • terry

      When was the last time the Jets won the superbowl ? And who was the QB ? I think this guy is entitled to speak his mind.

    • Frank

      you need to learn how to spell or Namath and everyone else will think you are stupid

      • Linda Crowe

        Miss spelling was a careless error. But by the replies I have gotten you males can’t stand when a woman makes a good point even with the miss spelling. Grow up

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  • azitaz

    Why is the media still covering Namath? For years he has not said anything logical or if he did, it was already known.

    • Dope Hunter

      I just want to kiss you………the man’s a legend.

      • hotmail

        He is a Legend….I live literally blocks from him Very nice guy to everyone……

  • bulldog

    Well, at least some one who can say the truth publicly. Will it do any good, who knows. Even if it does, it’s a long road to go.

  • Mexoplex

    im not a jets fan at all but if i was, i would want Namath to take his alcoholic, womanizing, irrelevant [bleep] somewhere and have a nice cup of STFU.

  • Bruce Main

    i just wish Joe would shut his mouth!

  • SGM

    Namath is dead on about Jets and those who think he isn’t really don’t know football. This is the ONLY quarterback that has lead this team to a Super Bowl and if the Jets organization were smart, they’d listen to him. The Jets make the Dallas Cowboys look sane.

  • gang11green

    Here we go again with Joe’s big mouth, can’t keep your big mouth shut can you Joe! The only bad picks that the Jets have made in the past few drafts are pretty bad for not so many. Sanchez to me is the biggest loser along with Gholston. Sanchez will never be a real starting caliber QB. So you are saying the Richardson is a bad pick. I hope that you have looked at some videos of the kid. He is an absolute beast. He will be a valued player for Rex and when he is you can just shut that big pie hole you call mouth….

  • gang11green

    Do you know that there is a time when your time has passed. Just forget about it Joe, you don’t know the game better than my 12 yr. old nephew. That should tell you how much I value your opinions. As a matter of fact the Jets won that Super Bowl because of his defense just like Sanchez took the Jets to the play offs twice. If you look back at Joe’s stats you would know what I mean. He was just mediocre as a QB trust me.