Mind Over Sports

How the death of Joe Namath’s Dog affected the outcome of a Super Bowl

Posted on: December 14, 2006

joe-namathMost people are unaware that the death of a dog may have been partly responsible for the Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl.

In 1969, New York Jets quarterback Broadway Joe Namath had an Irish Setter named Faro that had been given him his rookie year as a birthday present. The dog was so hyper Namath had to keep him on a farm with a friend. One day Faro was hit by a car and killed, but Joe didn’t find out about the accident until the night before the Jets played Kansas City for the AFL Championship. Namath was miserable and it showed up in his performance. The turning point in the game was when the Chiefs stopped Namath and the Jets three times from the 1-yard line at the outset of the final period. Final score: Chiefs 13, Jets 6. The Chiefs went on to win the Super Bowl, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, while the Jets haven’t been back to the big game since. If something important happens in an athlete’s personal life the night before a big game, it’s certain to affect his or her performance.


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