“Its a strange feeling, It hasn’t really hit home yet. I don’t think it will really sink in until I see him in a different uniform for the first time.”
“Joe wanted to finish out with a contender. He wanted to finish with a warm weather club. And he wanted, for whatever reasons, to finish with Los Angeles.”
“I just think there comes a time, in a marriage, in whatever kind of relationship you can think of, when two people are better off without each other. It came to that with Joe and us. Joe and the Jets just didn’t seem to fit together any more.”
And with those words, from Jets GM Al Ward, the Joe Namath era came to an end. On this day, April 1 in 1977, the New York Jets waived Joe Namath.
Joe and his agent had been talking to the Rams, and after the Jets tried unsuccessfully to work out a trade, the Jets waived Namath rather than pick up his $450K option for the 1977 season. Shortly thereafter, he signed a contract with the Rams.
The Rams were coming off of a 10-3-1 season and an NFCCG appearance and thought that the veteran QB might be just what they needed to get over the hump. It didn;t work out that way, as Joe started just 4 games for the Rams. He was replaced by Pat Haden after a 4 interception performance in a loss to the Bears in week 4. It would be the last game Joe would ever play.
joe will always be near and dear to many jets fans. no qb has ever brought as much excitement to the game and he just wasn't around long enough. but there is the darker side to joe willie especially when you start looking into his playboy ways and the whole nonsense with bachelor's 3. joe never did take very good care of himself. he was on the decline long before he should've been and of course his careers was sabotaged by bad knees. yeah it's a shame he didn't finish out with the jets but he was plenty ineffective his last year and just couldn't get his head back in the game.