Joe Namath released his first autobiography in 50 years on Tuesday, “All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters,” and in it the legendary Hall of Fame quarterback opens up about his life: getting famous in his early 20s, his victory in Super Bowl III, and, most poignantly, his years of alcohol abuse.
WE posted earlier how he talked about his infamous incident with Suzy Kolber.
Now we have some more info from the autobiography.
In the book, Namath revealed that a voice in his head would tell him to drink. To help him fight that voice, he named it Slick.
“Every now and then Slick whispers, but having a name for him makes me listen to him differently. And, health-wise, I’d probably be dead by now if I hadn’t stopped drinking.”
After Namath quit alcohol, he was able to look back at what he’d done during those years and gain some clarity about why he drank, and how personal pain can deeply affect and challenge anyone.
“The drinking was what would kick my butt for a long time. … I believe any of us can be brought to our knees whether from physical or emotional pain. Over the years, I learned how fragile we humans can be. Emotionally, I used that as an excuse to start drinking again. … I would drink all day sometimes.”
Broadway Joe has lived fast and hard, and he’s still around to talk about it.
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