Thursday, March 15, 2007
"The Legend of Broadway Joe"
Few athletes have been as revered as Joe Namath. Hero to football fans and hipsters alike, "Broadway Joe's" celebrity knew no boundaries. But more important than his prowess on the football field (which has been well documented) was his incredible career as a drunkard, which began at an early age and culminated in the infamous Suzy Kolber incident. Unfortunately, this is a part of his career which has not received the attention it deserves. However, Modern Drunkard Magazine has stepped into this void of information, profiling Namath's peak years as a football player and booze hound in their feature "The Legend of Broadway Joe: A Salute to Joe Namath, An Excellent Drunk and a Fine Athlete."
The article chronicles Joe's love affair with booze beginning with his childhood, when his mother would ease his teething pains with a rag soaked in grain alcohol, up until the mid 1970's; in fact, the only real problem with the piece is that it cuts off well before the end of Joe's career as a player, let alone the end of his drinking years. Along the way, the reader is treated to numerous anecdotes about Joe's escapades, all of which make you realize just how little you have lived compared to him. His "Broadway" years may be behind him, mainly due to the Kolber incident, but as Modern Drunkard shows, Joe Namath isn't just a hero to Jet fans, but to party animals worldwide. So if you have 10 minutes or so, give it a read; and for the full experience, smash your kneecap with a hammer and nurse the pain with some Johnnie Walker Red while reading.
(Hat tip to bpoz1313 on the JetsInsider.com forums for finding this)