People, Aug. 27, 1979

He is known as Broadway Joe, but perhaps he should now be called Off-Broadway Joe. Or, more accurately, Akron Joe, for it was there that Joe Namath made his stage debut last week. Appearing in a production of William Inge's Picnic, the former football player played, well, a former football player named Hal Carter. Namath, as always, moved well and turned on the charm; as always, he gave the ritual credits to team and coach. "I relied on people around me," he said, adding that "the director sure did a great job getting me...

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