Joe Namath meeting Big Bird on the set of Sesame Street in 1972.

Joe Namath (b. 1943) is a Hall of Fame quarterback who played in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. He played for the New York Jets for many years and finished out his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

Namath appeared in several Sesame Street segments, taped on September 25, 1972.[1][2]


Picture EKA Description
Episode 0428 Joe Namath counts backwards from ten to one.
Episode 0438 Joe Namath passes on 2.
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Episode 0442 Joe Namath passes on 6.
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Episode 0504 Joe Namath points to the number 12 on his shirt.
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Episode 0505 Joe Namath and a kid demonstrate "big Joe" and "little Joey".
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Episode 0513 Joe Namath counts to 9 before a pass is made. He subsequently tosses it to Joey.
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Episode 0513 Joe Namath counts to 10 before a pass is made. The kid who catches it is tackled.
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Episode 0518 Joe Namath passes on 1.
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Episode 0530 Joe Namath tosses a football forward to a kid. The film then runs in reverse to demonstrate backward.
Episode 0546 Joe Namath counts to 8 before a pass is made.
Episode 1062 Joe Namath passes on the count of three (in Spanish). In another segment, he passes on the count of four (in Spanish).
Episode 1133 Joe Namath passes a football on the count of 8.


  1. Tucson Daily Citizen Sports, Tucson Citizen, "Everybody's hero" September 26, 1972
  2. Sioux City Journal, "He's for the birds." September 26, 1972

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