You’re not really the quarterback of the New York Jets until you get called out by the most famous Jets quarterback of all-time.
Joe Namath is 73 year old and last played for the Jets 40 years ago in 1976. Despite not having played for the Jets in four decades, Namath isn’t afraid to speak his mind about his former team as if he’s still involved in the day-to-day operations.
During New York’s 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, quarterback Geno Smith started and eventually was removed in the second quarter. Smith wasn’t removed due to his 4-for-8 passing, 95 yards, and a touchdown. Instead, Smith came out because he suffered a knee injury.
But that didn’t stop Namath from calling out Smith.
If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016
While the injury may not have stopped Smith from standing, just because someone can stand up doesn’t mean they can play quarterback in the National Football League. Surely Namath would know that.
The 26-year-old Smith suffered the injury when Ravens’ defensive end Matt Judon sacked him in the second quarter. Smith reportedly tried to convince doctors to allow him to play again, but his requests were denied and Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets to victory.
Despite being criticized by arguably the most famous player in franchise history, Smith wasn’t afraid to fire back at Namath.
Somebody tell Joe that the doctors have the final say on whether you can or cannot get back into the game…… and also that I love him!
— Geno (@GenoSmith7) October 23, 2016
In short, Geno Smith is mad at Joe Namath, but also loves him. Football!