Legendary Joe Namath is in Beaver Falls for a few days. The school's practice field will be named after him today. The 1960 and '61 teams (Namath was on the '60 team) will be honored tonight and there is a dinner tomorrow night.
But yesterday, Namath attended a luncheon at Beaver Falls. Besides Namath, Babe Parilli also was there, along with Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook. Parilli, 82, was an All-American at the University of Kentucky and played in the NFL and AFL. In 1964 for the Boston Patriots, Parilli threw 31 TD passes, a team record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007. Parilli was Namath's backup when the New York Jets won Super Bowl III.
Anyway, Matsook relayed a funny little story. Matsook knows Parilli because Matsook is from Rochester and Matsook is friends with Shane and Shawn Edge, who are Parilli's nephews. Namath, Parilli and Matsook were together at lunch.
"It was funny," Matsook said, "because Namath says to me, 'How do you know [Parilli]?'
"I tell him I know him because 'I'm from Rochester and we're Rochester guys.'
"So then Namath says, 'Well, what in the heck is a Rochester guy doing coaching Beaver Falls?'"
Anderson to coach Jewish school
Remember Kenny Anderson, the New York phenom point guard who played at Georgia Tech and then the NBA? He's breaking into coaching at a small Jewish school. According to reports, Anderson is at David Posnack Jewish Day School in suburban Miami, Fla.