While attending this weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, OH, New York Jets great Joe Namath was asked whether or not the Jets acquiring quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason will help them win.
“If you’re winning games, yes. If you’re winning, of course, there’s nothing to it,” Namath said. “All you have to do is win, everybody will be happy.”
Namath was asked if he would have been happy to split time at quarterback when he played.
“That’s a hard question to answer. I can only speak for myself,” Namath said. “I wouldn’t have felt really happy after signing a contract, but … (he pauses, switches gears). Well, I don’t know. I don’t think he should care. You know, you earn the job every season. … You’ve got to earn it in training camp. You have to convince your teammates is what you gotta do out there.”
Namath gave his honest opinion of why the Jets traded for Tebow.
“I really believe, going back to Day 1, it’s the greatest publicity stunt the Jets could have pulled,” Namath said. “Now, if they can utilize him, it’s a major positive. He’s a positive in the locker room, he’s a positive with the players. Tebow’s a sensational guy. Now, how much playing quarterback he’s going to do remains to be seen.”
Namath was asked whether the Jets are a Super Bowl team.
“I don’t see that,” Namath said. “Not right now. This is early in the season. We don’t know what they have. They have to go out and prove it. Like I said, every team’s optimistic at this stage in the season. Every team thinks they can make the playoffs. … The Jets are optimistic, but I think reality sets in the first week.”