Joe Nemeth, New York, Jets discussed on Retropod
Richard pod is sponsored by T. Rowe price. Are you looking to learn a thing or two about getting your finances in order saving and investing? Check out the confident wallet a personal finance podcast series by T. Rowe price and the Washington Post brand studio find it wherever you get your podcasts. Hey history lovers. I'm Mike Rosen walled with retro pod. A show about the past rediscovered. Fifty years ago a few days before his team took the field as huge underdogs in the Super Bowl. New york. Jets quarterback. Joe Nemeth known then and forever as Broadway. Joe arrived at a Miami hotel in a turquoise Cadillac. Nemeth known to sometime show up at games still drunk from the previous evening's activities was there to accept an award. The quarterback sat on the dais next to his companion for the evening. Mr. Johnnie Walker wrote Mark Kriegel in his two thousand five biography when it was his turn to speak name is said I'd like to personally thank all the single girls in New York for their contribution. This was pure Broadway. Joe tipsy free willing amorous. And so was the cockiness that emerged from his whiskey. Soft lips later. The jets will win Sunday and said, 'i Garin teeth. I think the poet colts could win by a large score today. So I'm going to say Baltimore Colts by a score of thirty five to ten. I pick New York to win forty one thirty one. Namus prediction wasn't just talking. It was insane. You really think New York on the called the? He's in Ponant. The Baltimore Colts were seventeen point favorites. Namus knees were beat up the colts have the second. Most potent offense in football in the best defense some were predicting a blowout yours. They said. Said that it couldn't be done, but it has been near at the third Super Bowl. Gets one sixteen to seventy though Nemeth was named most valuable player because performance wasn't all that stellar. He didn't even throw a touchdown. But Kriegel wrote to moment itself took nemo's fame and pro football's popularity to a different planet in Fame's pecking order Nemeth, suddenly outrank Sinatra the biographer wrote actually at that moment he outright just about. Everybody who wasn't a beetle. Attendance around the NFL sword. So did TV viewership particularly with the launch of Monday night football the following season. The league made sure that Nemeth and the jets played in that inaugural game. He's going be. Joe name George Sauer for the touchdown. Everyone wanted a piece of meat especially reporters profiles of Nemeth for the nineteen seventies equivalent of click bait legendary columnist Jimmy breslin Rhody famous story about Nemeth for New York magazine, titled Nemeth all night long in it. He compared the quarterback hanging out at a bar to Babe Ruth hanging out at a bar. I saw Ruth once when he came off the golf course and walked into the bar at the old bayside course, in queens preson wrote in one shot he swallowed the mixing glass, ice chunks and everything else. He slapped the mixing glass down and said give me another one of these things kid. The place went nuts. It is the same thing. When you stand at the bar with Joe Namath. Life went on like this for a while. Not surprisingly Nemeth endured his fair share of busted relationships drunk driving charges bad business deals fading playing ability in then, of course, fading fame. Drinking was the biggest problem Nemeth was an alcoholic. He settled down in nineteen Eighty-four marrying, Deborah Mays woman. He met at a voice class with her insistence Nemeth was able to quit drinking a few years later. But after they divorced in two thousand Nemeth began heavily drinking again leading to one of the ugliest and most embarrassing moments of his life during a jets game in two thousand three Nemeth wearing his old number and obviously heavily intoxicated was interviewed on the sideline by ESPN reporters Suzy kolber, he answered one of her questions in a truly shocking way. Now in the team is struggling over the kiss. I couldn't care less about the teams throughout googling. Namus apologized and entered rehab. Nemeth is seventy five years old. It's easier for him to look back now on that improbable win and understand just how much it changed his life in sports forever. I think about it. Now, he recently told the new York Daily News. But at the time, I didn't understand what was taking place that was beyond. What I was thinking about all I was thinking about was playing in the biggest game of our lives. I'm Mike Rosen Rosenthal. Thanks for listening for more forgotten stories from history. Visit Washington Post dot com slash retro pot.