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Mark Kriegel

Namath: A Biography

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ISBN: 0670033294
Издательство: Viking Books
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 512
Book Description In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the very few sports heroes who transcended their game. The son of a Hungarian immigrant, Namath left the steel country of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for the Deep South, where he played quarterback for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Almost four years later, he signed a $427,000 contract with the New York Jets that changed football forever, transforming a crude, violent game into show business. Namath became the most glamorous athlete in America??his fame nurtured by the age of television, the point spread, and the sexual revolution. His hair, his draft deferment, and his white shoes became symbols for a generation. But it was his "guarantee" of victory in Super Bowl III that ensured his legend. In the tradition of Richard Ben Cramer?s Joe DiMaggio , David Maraniss?s A Life of Vince Lombardi , and Nick Tosches?s Dino , Mark Kriegel details...