Joe Francis (American football)
|Date of birth:||April 21, 1936|
|Place of birth:||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Date of death:||April 15, 2013(aged 78)|
|Place of death:||Hawaii, U.S.|
|Position(s):||Half Back, Quarterback|
|NFL Draft:||1958 / Round: 5/ Pick 51|
|Green Bay Packers
|Playing stats at|
Joseph Charles Naekauna "Joe" Francis, Jr. (April 21, 1936 – April 15, 2013) was a gridiron football half back and quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). Following his retirement from professional football, Francis became a head football coach at the high school level in the state of Hawaii. Two of Francis's sons have themselves played professional football in the NFL.
Francis attended Oregon State, where he played left half back from 1954 to 1957 for Kip Taylor and then for Tommy Prothro. Francis led Oregon State to the 1957 Rose Bowl in his Junior season, where they lost to Iowa 35-19. Francis rushed for 73 yards and contributed 207 yards of total offense in the losing effort.
Francis was named the team MVP for the 1956 and 1957 seasons. He won the 1957 Pop Warner Trophy as the outstanding senior player on the Pacific Coast and the 1957 Hayward Award as the outstanding athlete in the state of Oregon.
Francis was drafted in the fifth round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Francis played two seasons in the National Football League for the Packers as Bart Starr's backup under the legendary Vince Lombardi.
Francis married three times and fathered nine sons and two daughters. One of these sons, Jon Francis, played running back for the Los Angeles Rams while another, Ikaika Alama-Francis, was a defensive end for the University of Hawai'i, graduating in 2006. Ikaika was drafted in 2007 as a defensive end by the Detroit Lions and is currently a free agent.
Death and legacy
Joe Francis died April 15, 2013 in his native Hawaii. He was 76 years old at the time of his death.
- "Former OSU Halfback Dies," Corvallis [OR] Gazette-Times, April 30, 2013; pg. B1.
- Can Joe Francis Start at Quarterback Today? OregonLive.com.
- "Beavers in the Pros". Retrieved 2008-01-04.[dead link]
- "Joseph Charles Naekauna 'Joe' Francis Jr.," Oldest Living Pro Football Players, www.oldestlivingprofootball.com/