Sport: Limping for Life

Only eight years ago, the passing records that Tarkenton is closing in on seemed like the future property of another man. But this season Joe Namath leads the N.F.L. only in throwing interceptions—19 in his first eight games. His arm is still sound; it is the Namath knees that are all but gone. Before each game they are strapped so securely in metal braces that, Joe says, "they cut off my circulation." They also cut down his mobility. Says Miami Dolphin Linebacker Doug Swift: "You know where he's going to be all the time....

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