(Excerpt from The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness) 

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This quarterback threw more career interceptions (220) than touchdowns (173). He completed only 50.1% of his passes and his career QB rating was 65.5. (Mark Sanchez would be the hands down starter compared to these numbers). This quarterback also lost more games in his career than he won—68-71-4. This quarterback was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985 because it only takes one.

 The Hinge…

 There were two leagues during the late 1960s, the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). The winner of each conference played in the “Super Bowl.” The NFL, however, was vastly superior to the AFL.

In 1969, quarterback Joe Namath and his AFL team, the New York Jets, were 19-point underdogs going intoNFL Historical Imagery Super Bowl III against the NFL team, the Baltimore Colts; 19 points!

On Thursday night before the game, at the press conference, Joe Namath stated, “We’re gonna win the game, I guarantee it.”20 

He orchestrated the iconic victory, winning 16-7 and despite not even throwing a touchdown pass, was awarded the Super Bowl III MVP. The win by the Jets and the guarantee by Namath solidified his career and the NFL. The next season, the two leagues merged.

It only takes one… Our ability to believe, have confidence, and to trust is the most important mental skill we possess.


Dr. Bell is a Sport Psychology coach who works with athletes, coaches, and teams. His 2nd book is on pre-release and will be out in September. The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness Twitter: @drrobbell 

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