Quarterback Joe Namath might have won the Most Valuable Player award without even throwing a pass. His "guarantee" of victory -- and his determined leadership to back up his boast -- cemented the reputation of the AFL and excited football fans around the country. The upstart Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts of the NFL 16-7 in one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
Completing 17-of-28 passes for 206 yards, Namath directed a Jets attack that rolled up 337 yards of total offense. The Jets defense did its part by forcing 5 turnovers.
Namath's famous run off the field after the game, his index finger waving to let the world know who was "No. 1," is one of the enduring images of the Super Bowl.