The jump pass

Does anybody — anywhere — throw a jump pass anymore?

Joe Namath did.

In college at Alabama:

And in the pros with the Jets, as this classic New York Times photo shows.

Another reason to love Joe Willie.

He was hardly the first to throw a jump pass, though. Here’s Hall of Famer Arnie Herber (4) letting one fly in the 1937 short featureĀ Pigskin Champions, filmed in Hollywood after he and the Packers beat the Boston Redskins in the ’36 title game. His receiver is none other than Don Hutson (2).