Joe Namath’s 4,000 yard season

On December 24, 1967, New York Jet Joe Namath became the first quarterback to pass 4,000 passing yards in one season in a 42-31 victory over the San Diego Chargers at San Diego Stadium.

Namath’s 316 passing yards helped give the Jets in scoring six touchdowns.

Between quarterbacks John Hadl and Kay Stephenson the Chargers scored four touchdowns.

Namath was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Jets in separate drafts in 1965. He played for the Jets from 1965 until the end of the 1976 season. The final season of his career was played in 1977 with the Los Angeles Rams. He has since been passed 114 times for a single season passing record. Currently Drew Brees holds the record with 5,476 passing yards in 2011. He played in Super Bowl III. It was the only season finale he played in, and the team helped him to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts.

By the end of his career Namath accumulated over 27,000 passing yards. He played in five Pro Bowls. Honors and awards included AFL Super Bowl MVP, AFL UPI Player of the Year and AFL AP Player of the Year in 1968. In 1974 he was named AP Comeback Player of the Year. In 1985 the Jets retired his number, 12. To add to his excitement he was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the same year.

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