Super Bowl III, Jan. 12, 1969. New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7.
Line: Colts by 19. Halftime show: “America Thanks” with Florida A&M University marching band
There’s not much to be said for making predictions in sports. Get it right, and you might be called cocky; get it wrong, and you’ll come off looking foolish. But somehow the legendary New York Jets quarterback “Broadway” Joe Namath didn’t just get his prediction for Super Bowl III spot-on — despite being heavy underdogs to the Baltimore Colts, Namath declared in the run-up to the game, “We’re going to win Sunday, I guarantee you” — he hasn’t been viewed as arrogant all these years later. The Jets triumphed over the Colts 16-7, with Namath winning the game’s MVP award after completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. Namath also became the first of only two quarterbacks (the other being Joe Montana) to start and win a national championship game in college and then again in the Super Bowl.