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Joe Namath calls Derek Jeter an angel at Yankees spring training

The Hall of Fame quarterback met with the future Hall of Fame shortstop on Monday, causing quite the frenzy at Yankees camp.

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Few players have meant more to sports fans in New York than Derek Jeter and Joe Namath. On Monday, the two legends met in Florida at the Yankees spring training facility.

Namath wore a No. 12 uniform (of course) and chatted at length with the Yankees' captain. He also threw out the opening pitch prior to the exhibition game with the Nationals.

That's right -- Namath called Jeter "an angel" when he met with the media:

"Knowing the scrutiny that he's had over the years, I can't imagine how the guy could be an angel like this," Namath said. "He's to be respected in every phase of his life, it seems.

"Many of us fell short with some of that, but you learn to bounce back. It's human to err, and I know about that. We do our best to come back. Derek hasn't made many errors that I've witnessed."

The Hall of Fame quarterback wasn't the only big name in Yankees camp on Monday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan was in attendance and stayed for the entire game. Andy Pettite made an appearance in camp as a special instructor, and also went into the YES broadcast booth during the game.