Joe Namath was also known as “Broadway Joe” for his play, boisterous personality and love for the spotlight. After playing for Alabama from 1962-64, Namath went on to the lead the New York Jets to a win in Super Bowl III over the Baltimore Colts.
According to Walter Lewis, who played quarterback for Alabama from 1980-83, the Crimson Tide’s Blake Barnett reminds him Namath. Lewis relayed the message on Tuscaloosa’s Tide 99.1 Friday.
Barnett is currently one of four quarterbacks vying for the Alabama starting job, along with junior Cooper Bateman, redshirt sophomore David Cornwell and true freshman Jalen Hurts. Alabama coach Nick Saban said in April that Bateman would be the Tide starter ‘if we had to play today‘.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound California native was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2015 out of Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.)
Barnett did not take any snaps for the Crimson Tide last season, so where does the comparison come from?
Can Barnett bring some ‘Broadway Joe-like” swagger to the Alabama offense? Is he the guy to lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships?
Well, you heard it hear first and maybe Lewis knows something the rest of the nation does not. Crimson Tide fans hope his prediction is correct, but Barnett needs to win the job first.