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All the Way

My Life in Four Quarters
Narrated by: Joe Namath
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Timed for the 50th anniversary of his legendary Super Bowl "Guarantee", the NFL icon who first brought show business to sports is finally ready to tell the story of his spectacular rise and reign as "Broadway Joe", to his struggles with alcoholism, to the redemption he found in God later in life.

"I guarantee it." Three days before the now-legendary 1969 Super Bowl III, quarterback Joe Namath promised the nation that he could lead the New York Jets to a clear underdog victory against the seemingly invincible Baltimore Colts. In what has been remembered as perhaps the biggest upset in football history, that game catapulted the young superstar to not only football immortality but also into a stratosphere of celebrity the likes of which only a few athletes have ever achieved. 

But before all that, "Broadway Joe" was just Joe, the small-town kid from Beaver Falls, PA with an arm so impressive that it caught the attention of University of Alabama's Bear Bryant. Following a knockout four-year run at Alabama, Namath was ceremoniously courted by every professional football team. Yet it was the New York Jets who offered a then-unheard-of figure, $427,000, to bring football's Golden Boy to the upstart AFL. In an era of raucous rebellion, shifting social norms, and political upheaval, Namath's rougeish charm quickly became symbolic of the commercialization of pro sports, while his progressive views on race further pioneered integration on the gridiron. By 26, with a Super Bowl title under his belt, Namath was quite simply the most famous athlete alive. 

Although his legacy has been cemented in the history books, underneath the eccentric yet charismatic personality was a player plagued by injury and addiction, both sex and substance. Doctors treated him with a stiff cocktail of painkillers, some strong enough to literally knock out a horse, and Namath matched these prescriptions with his own medication, Johnnie Walker, which fueled countless nights that began alongside the likes of Sinatra and Mantle, and ended in bed with the moment's most fashionable model or actress. 

When his injuries permanently derailed his career, he turned to Hollywood and endorsements, not to mention a tumultuous marriage with Deborah Mays and fleeting bouts of sobriety. Now 74 years old and dry, Namath is finally ready to pull back the curtain on a life that might have seemed charmed, but in reality was anything but. Rich with personal history, private insights, and deep reflection, Namath is prepared to reveal the man behind the icon in this memoir that is as much about football and fame as it is about addiction, fatherhood, and coming to terms with one's own mortality.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Joe Namath, Sean Mortimer, Don Yaeger (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"In the book, Mr. Namath doesn't shy away from the physical and emotional setbacks he has experienced on and off the field." (The Wall Street Journal)

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  • T-Bill
  • North Carolina
  • 05-15-19

My childhood hero.

When I was 5 years old, in 1975, I was hospitalized with a stroke. I was also a huge Jets fan, and still am. while at the hospital, through some distant family connections, I received a gift. It was an autographed photo along with a personal letter from Joe Namath. It still chokes me up when I think about his heartfelt and sincere message to me.

I downloaded this book the moment it was released. I could not wait to listen to it. I was doubly thrilled that Joe Namath himself was narrating the book. His voice and swagger are as timeless as superbowl III. Joe explorers, in juxtaposition, his experience at Alabama under coach Bryant and his experience in SB III. I love his humility in his writing. this is a great listen and I encourage any NFL fan, not just a Jet fan, to read it.

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 05-23-19

EVERY JOE NAMATH FAN WILL LOVE THIS BOOK

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!

I AM A JOE NAMATH FAN AND THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF THE JET YEARS WHEN JOE WAS QB.

WHAT MAKES IT BETTER IS JOE READS THE BOOK. HIS VOICE SOUNDS JUST THE SAME AS IT DID 50 YEARS AGO,

I ESPECIALLY AGREE THAT THE OAKLAND RAIDERS WERE DIRTY PLAYERS!

MANY PERSONAL LITTLE STORIES ABOUT HIS LIFE AS WELL AS A LOT ABOUT FOOTBALL.

A MUST READ FOR JET FANS. IF YOU ARE TOO YOUNG TO KNOW WHO JOE IS YOU SHOULD "READ" IT ANYWAY.