Former Tide Stars to be Honored by the NFL


Coming home had a new meaning for former Crimson Tide and New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath.

Namath is one of 10 Hall of Famers who will be recognized this year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its "Hometown Hall of Famers" program.

Namath, who is from Beaver Falls, Pa. seem to be humbled by the honor. He talked more about this honor in USA Today.

"I'm embarrassed, to be honest," said he said. "The quarterback gets the spotlight, but I was just part of something special. You want recognition, but you learn the importance of being around other people. I know it's not all about me. Things start at home and I didn't grow up beating my chest and saying I'm great."

Little did most people know, Namath, who was a three star athlete, almost gave up football for baseball, but advice from his high school coach changed his mind. Namath would go on of course to star for the University of Alabama and win the 1969 Super Bowl for the New York Jets.

Throughout the years, Namath hadn’t forgotten the lessons he had learned growing up in Beaver Falls.

"This particular trip is very special because I've lived a few years and understand some things," said Namath. "It's kind of a humbling feeling because a lot of folks helped me and being pointed out individually is kind of humbling for me."

The Hall of Fame dedicated a special plaque for Namath in ceremonies that were held last Saturday, ironically the same day that his Crimson Tide played Penn State.

Namath is not the only Hall of Famer Crimson Tider who will be honored by his hometown this year.

Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr will be honored later this year in his hometown of Montgomery, AL.

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