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Local Field Renamed In Namath’s Honor

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BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) — One of the most famous NFL quarterbacks of all time is back in the area this weekend as a local field is being renamed in his honor.

He graduated from Beaver Falls High School 50 years ago, Joe Namath and his team back then were undefeated two seasons in a row.

Now, they are being honored all weekend long.

KDKA’s Paul Martino reports:

At an assembly Friday afternoon, Namath told students how teamwork is important in the game of life.

“You know what, that’s what life’s about, it’s us, it’s not me, it’s not I,” he said. “Life is a team game.”

Photos and video of that 1960 and 1961 team are on display in a shrine to Namath inside the high school. There are also pictures of his days at the University of Alabama, where he and Coach Bear Bryant won a national championship.

Then, it was on to the New York Jets where Namath promised an improbable victory in Super Bowl III, and of course, he delivered.

Broadway Joe attributes much of his success to growing up in Beaver Falls.

“I was a very lucky man certainly, beginning with my family and the guys I grew up with playing ball and especially with my coaches,” he added.

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