Skip to comments.LAST TOUCHDOWN AT UA: Crimson Tide’s most famous player finally becomes an alumnus
Posted on 12/14/2007 8:40:03 PM PST by petitfour
TUSCALOOSA | Joe Namath has accomplished some impressive things in his lifetime.
In 1964, he led the University of Alabama to a national championship under equally legendary head coach Paul Bear Bryant.
That same year, he signed with the NFLs New York Jets for a then-record-breaking salary of $400,000.
During his first year in the pros in 1965, he was named American Football League Rookie of the Year, and just four years later, Namath guaranteed the Jets would defeat the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III, and came through on that promise.
At 9 a.m. today in Coleman Coliseum, the Pro Football Hall of Famer will add one more thing to his long list of exemplary exploits: A college degree.
It took a lot of effort, the 64-year-old Namath said Friday. And Im, again, happy that its accomplished.
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I don’t have a Bama/RollTide ping list. :)
I was but a wee child when Joe Willie played at ‘Bama, but they were good times. Sigh.
I remember him as a fearsome Jet QB.
I also remember him being grossly inebriated on National TV.
Somehow, even though he’s sober, I can’t wrap my beans around this one.
Maybe he’ll finally get to kiss Suzie.
It took him five years to earn 17 credits and get a degree in Interdisciplinary
Studies, whatever that is?
Sorry. I really did try to watch the whole thing.
My first thought was that the booze really did leave him missing some Major league brain cells.
My second thought was that he never really had any at all.
I don’t dislike Joe, and I appreciate his sobriety.
He may have been a faboo QB but he needs to find a better way than public speaking to get his message out, whatever that message may be.
Can’t quite figure it out!
Most overrated quarterback ... ever.
Now he can get a real job.
It actually takes 30 hours to complete the program IF your prior credits are accepted. And the courses are not easy. There is a whole lot more reading and writing involved in EXD courses than in traditional classes on campus. I’ve taken correspondence courses at Bama, and they are much easier. I don’t know what his specific area of study was, but it takes a lot of work to complete those 30 hours. I know. I entered the program a few months after Joe did.
My husband is a graduate of the program, and he worked very hard to earn all As. He had already earned all his credits for his interdisciplinary study major (more science courses than I ever want to think about), but he never earned all the credits he needed in other subjects. When he went back to school, he took all Writing courses because writing is his love. He took the hardest professors and did his share of cursing them from long distances. But after reflecting on their criticism, he followed their advice and earned excellent grades. He would not have done that as a young college student. He was too rebellious.
There are students in the EXD program who know what they want to do with their degrees. They can design their classes around those goals and present their completed work to their employers. You would be amazed at the depth of courses designed by students and faculty. The program requires a great deal of discipline on the part of the students, and it requires a willingness among faculty to work one on one, often via mail and email, with adult students who usually cannot pop in to campus on a regular basis.
You’re right. He’s not the most riveting speaker. heh.
Thanks for the info. How do “hours” relate to “credits” in that program?
1 hour= 1 credit
Pantyhose Joe got him a sheep skin?
As Joe said, more years ago than I care to remember, “If you got it, flaunt it.”
PS...IIRC, he signed for $400,000 over four years AND a convertible.
I have a friend who graduated this morning from UA....told her that I will go to my grave never asking for anything else if she will get me Joe Willie’s autograph!
I wonder if Joe was “stug-uh-ling” during his studies?
Ok, all kidding aside, I say, good for Joe Willie.
When he was healthy, I think he was the most dangerous QB in the league.
My favorite Namath moment was late in his career with the Rams against the Giants, where he actually did a quarterback sneak to win the game, and you could just see him gesturing to the defenders, “please don’t touch the knees.” He figured the last thing the Giants would have expected was for him to sneak the ball, and he was right!
I was supposed to attend the same EXD orientation session as Joe, but we put it off because it was during the school year for our children. If we had only known, we would have pulled the children from school in a heartbeat. I guess he was the nicest, sober person in the room. He signed autographs for everyone who asked.
my best friend’s husband collected authographed Time covers - going back years. When they first got together he showed me the one with Joe after he won the Super Bowl. I offered him everything I owned for that da&*ed thing - needless to say - didn’t get it! For years I slept with my Joe Namath pillow case and kept the Playgirl pix of him on the ceiling above my bed (now remember, I was pretty young and dumb then....). I love that guy and only wish him the best!
Bless his heart for real.
That’s quite an accomplishment.
It’s not like he had to do it.
I’m real proud of him.
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