You have set motion pictures back 100 years!
The hairy bum shouldn't be allowed to play football.
North Bellmore, N.Y.
Ah, fer cryin' out loud! That cover photo was strictly from hunger. I don't know for what sport Joe Namath was preparing in this movie, but it wasn't one we need in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. For that matter, I am one of those who think we don't need Joe Namath in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED anymore. He is good copy for the newspapers, but I question whether his football ability would be worth writing about if they left his extra-curricular activities out of the story.
Kansas City, Kans.
Come on, give Joe a break. When you get down to it, if you had all the money and prestige you would ever need, who would you want hugging you—the blonde on the cover or the brute on page 33?
Wow! Who is that gorgeous girl with Joe?
?She is Victoria George, an American actress living in Rome.—ED.
How dare you show only pictures of Joe getting hit! Your portfolio of photos seems to make the Jet offensive line look terrible. As staunch Jet fans, we feel that Winston Hill, Dave Herman, Randy Rasmussen and John Schmitt arc four of the best offensive linemen in pro football (and that includes the National Conference).
At least your photographs deny the accusation that Joe Namath doesn't have guts. Many people feel that he throws the ball away just to avoid contact. These pictures show what happens after he throws the ball. We challenge you to show a picture of where the football was in each of these situations. We tend to think that it was safely in the hands of George Sauer or Don Maynard.
Congratulations on a brilliant article. Maybe you can start a series, with the next issue featuring Joe Kapp getting dumped.
Citrus Heights, Calif.
Thank you for the article and photographs on Joe Namath. They portray the real life of a pro quarterback. It was a great tribute to a man I greatly admire and respect. Joe Willie Namath may be out for more money but so is everyone else, and he would be a damn fool to think or do otherwise.