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This time it’s personal: Namath makes a fat joke at Rex’s expense

Joe Namath

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath speaks during the Ring of Honor inductees ceremony during halftime of a preseason NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Joe Namath has made it clear he has no intention of ceasing his criticism of his former team, and now he’s taking cheap shots at Jets coach Rex Ryan’s weight.

After Ryan was spotted wearing a Namath jersey, Namath went on the radio and said he questioned how Ryan could pull the jersey over his ample gut.

I’m just stunned that the jersey with No. 12 comes in that size,” Namath said, via

Namath has been extremely critical of the Jets this year. At the start of the season he said he didn’t think Plaxico Burress would make it through the year. He later said Ryan had the team thinking they were better than they were. And as the season has gone on, Namath has ripped the Jets again and again and again.

Ryan has been admirably restrained in his responses to Namath’s constant criticism.

“Shoot, hey it doesn’t matter,” Ryan said. “I’m still a huge Joe Namath fan.”

The “huge” part is the one thing Ryan has said this year that Namath would agree with.