AFTER 16 years of marriage, Joe Namath and Deborah Mays decided to call it quits.
Both the retired New York Jets quarterback and his ex-wife shared a passion for acting.
Who is Joe Namath’s ex-wife, Deborah Mays?
Previously, she had a recurring role in the early 1980s ABC show The Greatest American Hero.
On November 7, 1984, Deborah tied the knot with Joe Namath; they were first revealed to be dating in August 1983.
The couple’s wedding took place at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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“I haven’t been married in the past because I think marriage is very sacred and special and is a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he told the South Florida Sentinel.
On April 19, 1999, it was announced Joe and Deborah decided to end their marriage.
At the time, it was revealed it was the Jets legend who filed for divorce.
Legal documents also disclosed they had been separated since September 1998.
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By 2000, the former couple’s divorce was finalized and Deborah moved on with plastic surgeon Brian Novack.
“We have two beautiful daughters but finally, I had to tell Joe the marriage wasn’t working for me,” Deborah said of their split to the abovementioned outlet.
“I was bored. I’m in love with Brian. He’s different from Joe. He’s very sensitive.”
How many kids do Joe and Deborah have?
Joe and Deborah have two children together; daughters Jessica and Olivia.
Following the retired footballer’s divorce filing, he sought full custody of his and his ex-wife’s daughters.
The two are also grandparents to their six grandchildren.
Jessica has three children named John, Emerson, and Jemma.
Meanwhile, younger daughter Olivia has three children of her own as well.
When did Namath retire from the NFL?
On January 25, 1978, Namath decided to retire from the NFL after 13 seasons with the Jets.
“I’m not going to play next year,” he explained to the New York Times.
“I knew this was my last year. It was no fun being a second‐string quarterback.
“Sometimes I was a bit melancholy, looking around and knowing I wouldn’t be playing football anymore.
“But other than that it was no big deal. All I can say is, ‘Thank you, football fans.’
“I don’t know for sure what I’m going to be doing. I have no regrets, I’m not bitter about anything.”
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He added: “I don’t think I’ll ever return to football as a coach.
“Good or bad, I’m not looking back. It’s strange knowing I’m not going to play next season but I’ve accepted it.”
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