15. Joe Namath
Joe Namath, nicknamed “Broadway Joe”, is often remembered by NFL fans for one of two events; his “guarantee” before Super Bowl III (was which awesome), or his failed attempt to kiss ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber during an interview (which was not so awesome).
After three seasons at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the Jets signed Namath for $427,000 (a record at the time). In his rookie season, Namath proved he was worth the investment. He took home the Rookie Of The Year award and was named to the AFL All-Star team. Namath, the first quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season, light up the AFL in the ’60s, before a chronic knee injury destroyed the prime of his career. Though he was a two-time league MVP, Namath became a legend after the 1968 season, when he led the Jets to a victory over the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III.