Joe Namath Net Worth 2024


What Is Joe Namath’s Net Worth?

Joe Namath Net Worth: Most of Joe Namath’s net worth and the money he has earned comes from being an NFL player and entertainer. Today, Joe Namath’s net worth is estimated to be close to $18 million dollars.

Joe Namath’s salary and income per year can vary depending on multiple undertakings as a sports icon and businessman.

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Joe Namath Net Worth:

$18 Million

Net Worth:$18 Million
Real Name:Joseph William Namath
Date of Birth:31 May 1943
Age, How Old:76 Years Old
Place of Birth:Beaver Falls,
United States
How Tall, Height:6ft 2in (1.88 m)
Profession:American football player,
Years Active:2020

Joe Namath is a 76-year-old former American football quarterback and actor from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The 6ft 2in (1.88 m) was born on May 31, 1943.

Early Life: Joe Namath is the child of Catholic parents and Hungarian descent who lived in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

His mother Rose and father János “John” Andrew Namath (steelworker) inevitably separated while Namath was growing up.

Namath was the youngest among his four siblings (all brothers) and an older adopted sister. After his parents divorced he was kept with his mother and experienced childhood in its Lower End neighborhood.

Namath was already a lover of sports when he experienced schooling at the Beaver Falls High School. He very well played football, basketball and baseball is his curricular activities, but proved standout in football as a quarterback.

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While at Beaver Falls, Namath was coached by Larry Bruno and the football team went on winning the WPIAL Class AA championship record in 1960, Namath was later added to the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ in Canton.

In 1961, Namath graduated from his schooling years, and had a tough time deciding for his college education, he was confronted with offers from several Major League Baseball teams but Namath wanted to pursue a career in professional football.

Finally, he settled for a full scholarship to attend the University of Alabama where he was coached under ‘Paul “Bear” Bryant’ as a quarterbacked for the ‘Alabama Crimson Tide’ between 1962 and 1964.

In 1964, Namath drove Tide to win the national championship and was inducted into the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ in 1985.

His coach Bryant died from a heart attack in 1983 and Namath was in tears remembering him during his induction speech.

Bryant titled Namath — “the greatest athlete I ever coached“.

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Professional Football Career

Namath was picked 12th overall in the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and the first overall pick was by the Jets for the AFL draft.

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Namath agreed to sign with ‘New York Jets’ for a three-year contractual salary of $427,000, he was titled “Broadway Joe” following his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated in July in 1965.

In Namath’s rookie season he owned the title of the ‘AFL Rookie of the year’ in 1965, though he was suffering from multiple knee injuries he was still an AFL All-Star in 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969.

In 1968, Namath helped Jets win over the defending AFL champion ‘Oakland Raiders’ with a 27–23 lead, he owned the Hickok Belt from the season as a top professional athlete of the year.

In 1972, he became an AFC-NFC Pro Bowler and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1985. In January 1969, Namath took his performance to his careers peak by defeating Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III game, the Jets won 16–7.

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Later, Namath became interested in a venture where he opened a nightclub “Bachelors III” which was attended by big names in sports and entertainment.

Following his venture, he drove various political issues surrounding the NFL play which resulted in selling the entertainment hub.

He returned back to Jets for the 1969–70 season, but was afraid of his injuries, he wished to retire before the 1970 and 1971 seasons.

Later, Namath was offered eventual ownership of a WFL franchise in New York, the Chicago Winds offered him a deal worth $600,000 per year for three years, a $2 million annuity and $500,000 signing bonus.

But after much anticipation and the league not agreeing to Namath’s request for a percentage of the league’s television revenue, he stayed with the Jets.

To get a new start, Namath moved to ‘Los Angeles Rams’ on May 12, 1977, but his gameplay was effected by his ever-increasing injuries, he was kept out after poor performance and Namath retired from his thirteen-year journey as a quarterback in professional football.

Acting career

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The professional footballer turned towards the entertainment industry, where he hosted his The Joe Namath Show in 1969, he has guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson multiple times and talked as a commentator on NFL broadcasts.

Namath has guest-starred on numerous television series…

  • The Waverly Wonders,
  • The Love Boat, Married… with Children,
  • Here’s Lucy, The Brady Bunch,
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,
  • The Flip Wilson Show,
  • Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,
  • The Dean Martin Show,
  • The Simpsons,
  • The A-Team,
  • ALF,
  • Kate & Allie,
  • The John Larroquette Show

Namath was regarded by the Ride of Fame, a double-decker bus devoted to him in New York City. He can be seen in popular movies like — 2013’s Underdogs and comedy film The Wedding Ringer released in 2015.

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Personal Life: Namath married an aspiring actress Deborah Mays in 1984 and shares two children, Jessica (b. 1986) and Olivia (b.1991) together, but they separated (divorced) in 2000.

Since then, Namath has garnered unfavorable media attention for being an alcoholic he has gone through weeks of an outpatient alcoholism treatment program.

Namath’s alcoholism went to an extent that he told an interviewer “Suzy Kolber” of ESPN — “I want to kiss you. I couldn’t care less about the team struggling.”

Later, he addressed the unfruitful situation as a motivation to quit alcohol. In 2019, Namath said — “I had embarrassed my friends and family and could not escape that feeling. I haven’t had a drink since.”

Namath’s Books
2004 — Namath: A Biography.
2006 — Namath (Icons of the NFL)
2019 — All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters.

To conclude, Joe Namath’s net worth is estimated at $18 million dollars.


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7th Oct 2019: Joe Namath was titled No. 7 on the list of the top 100 game changers in NFL history. A panel of 80 people considered Joe the league’s 100 greatest game changers in celebration of its 100th NFL season. Joe has been a groundbreaking icon, a pro footballer and a Hall of Fame member, he played the New York Jets and lastly the Los Angeles Rams as a quarterback.

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Quotes from Joe Namath

“You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.”

— Joe Namath

“I’ve figured out that life in general is a team effort; it’s a team game.”

— Joe Namath

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”

— Joe Namath

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”

— Joe Namath
Football Legend Joe Namath Talks About His New Book