Why Joe Namath is excited about the NY Jets in 2019 with Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell


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NEW YORK — Joe Namath is bullish on the 2019 New York Jets. 

More than 50 years after he led the franchise to its only Super Bowl title, Namath can’t hide his excitement that the team is headed in the right direction. 

“The guys that we add … it’s exciting,” Namath said Tuesday night in midtown Manhattan at the United Way of New York City’s Gridiron Gala.

“We’ve got a couple of leaders and outstanding talent.”

It all starts with quarterback Sam Darnold, who turns 22 next month and is entering his second season. Darnold showed signs of promise late in his first season, throwing seven touchdowns and one interception in his final four games.

But Namath knows first hand that things can get tougher in Year 2.

“Second season from college, or whatever, high school — they call it a sophomore jinx,” Namath said. “And you don’t go in playing scared and I hope he’s not ever thinking about that sophomore jinx coming in.”

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Namath threw 19 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 1966, a year after a solid 18-touchdown, 15-interception rookie year.


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