Jets win Super Bowl
Jan. 12, 1969
The NFL's sense of superiority over the rival AFL, which it viewed as a minor league though a merger was in the works, was rattled by a landmark upset with 60's culture-clash overtones. The losers were the crew-cut, old guard Baltimore Colts (15-1), who swaggered in as 17-point favorites and departed as 16-7 losers, the first NFL team to drop an NFL-AFL Championship Game. The older, more buttoned-down league's embarrassment was compounded by falling to the New York Jets (12-3), who were led by counterculture hero QB Broadway Joe Namath, who famously proclaimed, "We're going to win Sunday. I guarantee it." Replied Colts QB Earl Morrall: "Maybe Namath represents the new breed of athletes, the kind of athletes the coming generation wants. ... I hope not."