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1.88 m Tall Former American Footballer Joe Namath's Married Relationship with Ex- Wife Deborah Mays; His Other Affairs and Dating Rumors

Updated On 24 May, 2023 Published On 28 Nov, 2018
1.88 m Tall Former American Footballer Joe Namath's Married Relationship with Ex- Wife Deborah Mays; His Other Affairs and Dating Rumors

Joe Namath is a hall of fame quarterback for the Jets. He was married to Deborah may and has two daughters. The couple got divorced after 14 years of marriage because Deborah cheated on Joe with a plastic surgeon, Brian. The Superbowl winner has fought with alcoholism and has now been sober with the help of his daughters and friends.

People say hardships don't see if you are a star or a beggar. Everyone goes through their own issues, the only difference is the size of the problems. No matter how big anyone gets, problems will always follow and hand out life lessons.

Joe Namath is an American football Hall of fame quarterback who has also seen the rise and fall of his career and his married life. Although physically fit, the things he had to handle mentally were hard on him.


What is Joe Namath Up To Now?

On 10 October 2019, Joe Namath came with a picture of an autographed rugby ball. The retired football quarterback is giving away an autographed football! Joe suggests his fans to click the link "giveaway.joenamathfanshop.com" and sign up to be entered into this month's drawing. Winner would be notified on November 1, 2019. 

1.88 m Tall Former American Footballer Joe Namath's Married Relationship with Wife Deborah May:

Joseph William Namath, a.k.a Broadway Joe got married in 1984 to Deborah May, known as Tatiana May. He was 41 and she was 22. The longtime bachelor became a dedicated family man when the pair had two children, Jessica Namath and Olivia Namath.

Joe Namath with Wife Deborah May.
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But later in 2000 after 14 years of marriage, the couple got divorced. The reason behind the divorce was Deborah's extramarital affair with a plastic surgeon, Brian Novack. Following a bitter split or infidelity by Deborah, Namath isn't seen or linked with any women to this date.

Deborah later said she was bored with Joe and it was his alcoholism that led her to be unfaithful and said Brian was sensitive and caring, unlike Joe. After being divorced, Deborah left her two daughters with Joe and married Brian who was as young as her.

Joe Namath with his Daughters. Source: Gossip Extra

On the other hand, Joe planned not to marry and rather stay a bachelor and raise his daughters. He continued his career in football and has contributed fifty years to American Football.

He recently posted a photo of his old football days on Instagram. The caption read "Let's go ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!" and his fans showed their love to him on the comment section. 

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Let’s Go! ROLL TIDE ROLL! #rtr #rolltide #ironbowl #alabama #football #rivalryweek

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It won't be wrong to say that the great Broadway Joe reminisces about his football days and same can be said about his loyal fans.

Joe Namath Affairs And His Struggle With His Past Days

The saying, past shapes the future applies to Joe as his issues date back to his childhood. His father John left his mother Rose for another woman and abandoned them.

As he didn't want to become like his father, Joe decided to stay a bachelor his whole life and so he had no long-term relationships. Although he himself claimed to have had about 300 sexual conquests in an interview with Playboy magazine, he had no serious affairs.


Joe Namath with Playboy bunny Touch football team.
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But when he met Deborah, he was in love and decided that she was the only one for him. He said with a football analogy that she had caught his last pass and became his first and last love.

His alcoholism gave him a hard time in the early years of his marriage until his wife warned him that it would break up the family if he continued. In 2017, he talked about his relationship and overcoming alcoholism in the show In-depth with Grahan Bensinger.

By 1987, Namath was able to give up drinking for good, but his divorce caused him to relapse. Joe was always faithful but after finding out about Deborah's affair, he was mentally broken.

Joe went through many heartbreaking phases in his life which might have forced him to be addicted to alcohol. Besides all this, Joe Namath was once rumored of dating American actress and model, Kim Basinger. He was also romantically linked to toothpaste model named Vickie Chesser

Joe Namath drinking whiskey.
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The irony of the situation where he was trying to avoid being unfaithful but then being betrayed by the one he loved brought him to his low and he found solace in drinking. It took him some time but he sobered up eventually by going into rehab.

He is the epitome of the phrase "the one who laughs the most is the one who has the most pain" as Joe soldiers on through his life with the support of his daughters, Olivia and Jessica and his friends. He says he wishes to be a hundred years old and tries to help other alcoholics. 

Quick Facts: Joe Namath

  • Joe was born May 31, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • He is 6 ft 2 inch high and weighs 91 kgs.
  • He has a net worth of $18 million.
  • He graduated from high school in 1961.
  • He graduated from college at the age of 64 in 2007.
  • Namath is infamous for the live ESPN coverage of the team's game where he said to interviewer Suzy Kolber, "I want to kiss you. I couldn't care less about the team struggling."
  • Joe Namath is a son of steal worker Joesph William Namath.
  •  Namath as a brash performer in high school, signed with the Jets for a then record $450,000 and gave the upstart, struggling AFL instant credibility.
  • Joe Namath currently resides in Los Angeles, Florida.
  • Joe Namath was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. 
  • Joe Namath was an active member of ABC's NFL Monday Night Football crew in 1970.
  • Joe Namath is mostly seen wearing white shoes.
  • Joe passed for 27,663 yards and 173 touchdowns in his career. 
  • Joe Namath appeared in Flex-All 454 television commercials to date.

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