Joe Namath has been in the news lately amidst the Aaron Rodgers trade news. Number 12 for the New York Jets is a sacred number. It was Namath’s number and has been retired for years. However, Namath himself gave Rodgers the blessing to wear it if he came to New York. Rodgers ultimately declined the offer and decided to wear number eight, his old college number. Joe Namath was “humbly grateful” for the gesture.
Joe Namath On Aaron Rodgers Number
Namath told the New York Post that this gesture made him like Rodgers even more.
“That shows something about the man,” Namath, 79, told the newspaper. “He has a way about him, a lot of respect for the past. I was humbly grateful, you know what I mean? It felt good. It made me like (Rodgers) even more.”
It is a great sign of respect for the NFL legend. Rodgers could have easily accepted the offer from Namath and no one would’ve batted an eye. However, his decision to wear a different number shows his respect for the history of the game and the New York Jets organization. The number 12 has been retired since 1985 and it will remain that way probably forever.
Can The Jets Win With Rodgers?
Rodgers certainly looked happier at the press conference yesterday. It seemed he needed a fresh start. This bodes well for the Jets but there are still a lot of questions. The AFC road goes through Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Also lurking are the Bengals and the Bills. Teams like the Ravens, Steelers, Chargers, Dolphins, and Jaguars are no pushovers either. The other question is whether Rodgers can gel with the offense quickly. Last season didn’t work out so well but maybe this season will be different.
It will be weird to see Aaron Rodgers wearing number eight but I love his respect for Joe Namath. The trade is finally done and now both teams can move forward into new eras.
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