Friday, December 22, 2000
Joe Namath surpasses 4,000 yards passing
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Dec. 24, 1967
He will become known for guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory next season, but this year Joe Namath becomes the first player to pass for more than 4,000 yards.
Wearing a protective mask, Namath completes 18-of-26 passes for 343 yards in the New York Jets' 42-31 victory over the Chargers in the AFL game in San Diego, boosting his season total to 4,007 yards. This exceeds the 3,747 put up by the Washington Redskins' Sonny Jurgensen in the NFL this year.
Namath throws four touchdowns - 13, 36 and 37 yards to Don Maynard and 36 yards to George Sauer - as the Jets finish with their first winning season (8-5-1) in their eight-year existence.