In 1962, future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alex Haley sat down with jazz musician Miles Davis for what would become an institution of American journalism—the Playboy Interview. To celebrate the Interview’s 50th anniversary, Playboy has culled 50 of its most (in)famous Interviews and will publish them over the course of 50 weekdays (from September 4, 2012 to November 12, 2012) via Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform. Here, a glimpse at our conversation with football great Joe Namath from the December 1969 issue.
“The important thing is how long you’re able to make love. With the right girl, a guy can go just about all night long. And there have been lots of times when I’ve done just that. I’m a great believer in sex.”
“The older I get, the more I enjoy sex—and the more I learn about it. For instance, when I was younger, the aim of making love was simply to reach a climax, achieve your own satisfaction and not even worry about your partner’s. Well, as you grow up, you start understanding that sex is a two-way street and that it’s much better for both of you to be sexually satisfied. Once you realize this, you should really go all out and make a sincere effort to make ’em happy, because then sex becomes a very beautiful thing.”
“I spent the nights before the Jets’ two biggest games last year—for the A.F.L. championship and the Superbowl—with girls. But I don’t consider that bad or foolish of me. Look, I’m a football player, and that’s my number-one thing. I’m not about to take a chance on how I perform by breaking my own schedule. But I’ve been playing football for a long time, and by now, I know what I should do and shouldn’t do to stay ready at all times. The night before a game, I prepare myself both mentally and physically for the next day. I think a ballplayer has to be relaxed to play well; and if that involves being with a girl that night, he should do it. If some ballplayers don’t feel that way, they shouldn’t do it. But I feel that way. I try to go to bed with a girl before every game; it depends on how I feel that night. Before one game last year, I just sat home by myself and watched television, drank a little tequila to relax and went to sleep fairly early. But most of the nights before games, I’ll be with a girl. One of the Jets’ team doctors, in fact, told me that it’s a good idea to have sexual relations before a game, because it gets rid of the kind of nervous tension an athlete doesn’t need.”
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