Joe Namath


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Birth Name: Joe Namath

He was born Joseph William Namath on May 31, 1943 in Beaver Falls, PA, 30 miles from Pittsburgh. The fourth son of steelworker John Namath and his wife Rose, young "Joe Willie" grew up in the city's blue-collar, largely African-American-populated Lower End neighborhood. As a result, he did not assimilate the racist tenor of American society at the time and, as a young baseball player, he idolized Dominican-born Roberto Clemente of the nearby Pittsburgh Pirates. His parents divorced during his freshman year at Beaver Falls High School, whereupon Joe went to live with Rose thereafter. He developed a rebellious streak and competitive swagger. Even as he bloomed into a star athlete in baseball, ... Continue Bio >>


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