Joe Namath Is Intercepted for the Last Time, He Says, by Aspiring Actress Deborah Mays
"It was beautiful," gushed mother-of-the-bride Shirley Mays, referring, one presumes, to the wedding and not the football game. The bride grew up in Pennsylvania farm country (where she became an accomplished horsewoman), briefly attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia and had embarked upon a TV (The Greatest American Hero) and commercial career when she encountered Namath 14 months ago at their voice coach's studio in Los Angeles. "I think she's been with him ever since," says Mrs. Mays.
Settling down means a drastic change of game plan for the quarterback-turned-actor, a born scrambler whose off-the-field scrimmages with the opposite sex have become as legendary as the New York Jets' upset victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III back in '69. Although women across the States may be gloomily scratching his name off their lists, one lady in Beaver Falls, Pa. is decidedly euphoric. "Marriage is the best thing in the world for him," says Joe's mom, Rose Szolnoki, 71, who was forced to miss the wedding because of a bad reaction to a flu shot. "I've been telling him for years, 'Hurry up and get married while I'm still living. I want to see you with a little Joey.' "