AFC East: Paul Bryant

Joe Namath talks Super Bowl and Sanchez

February, 2, 2011
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Joe Namath, still the last quarterback to take the New York Jets to the Super Bowl, visited "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."

Namath talked about the pageantry of Super Bowl week compared to when he played in it 42 years ago, the crop of young quarterbacks in the NFL, what he thinks of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his latest take on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"He's a winner," Namath said of Sanchez. "I played for a coach in college called Paul 'Bear' Bryant. I heard him describe somebody, it was Lee Roy Jordan at the time, a linebacker for Alabama. Coach Bryant really simplified things in a way: 'When I say he's a winner, I promise you can use him and he's going to be all right.'

"Sanchez in just these two years, to two championship games -- of course, he had two pretty good teams -- I think his future is unlimited, man. But he needs the team. All quarterbacks need a decent team, a good team, an offensive line.

"But Sanchez, the players have grown to rely on him. His work ethic has been absolutely outstanding, and he's a humble guy. He's a sharp kid. I really like him, and the future's really bright."

Namath is a Western Pennsylvania native but is picking against the Steelers for the second straight game because of their flimsy offensive line. Namath also predicted the Jets would beat them in the AFC Championship Game.

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