Those 2 words say it. When you have a cannon like he had and your WR's aren't allowed to even be hand checked must less being TACKLED WITHOUT THE BALL as they were in Namath's era it's not over the edge that he might have threatened 6k yards in a 16 game season....with the guys you're seeing today put up 5k....Namath was the 1st QB to put up 4k in a 14 game season.
Just go back to that HBO footage of him winging it...the "Whoosh" segment.
In part of it they call Vince Lomardi and ask him if Namath was NFL-ready and Lombardi called Namath the "PERFECT QB" - mechanically...imagine if he also had his legs under him.
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I made my 24 year old son watch it. He bleeds Jets green and wouldn't watch it because Joe spoke the truth this past season. To his credit, he admitted it changed his view. Everyone who wasn't around when he played needs to watch it - then you can text your buddies since you'll have at least a slight idea what he means to the Jets and the NFL as a whole