|Born||October 1, 1902|
|Died||August 22, 1971(aged 68)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||183 pounds (83 kg)|
|College||Haskell Indian Nations University|
|Oorang Indians (NFL)
Hominy Indians (Ind.)
Chicago Cardinals (NFL)
Joseph Pappio (October 1, 1902–August 22, 1971) was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1923 season. That season he joined the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. In 1924, Pappio played football for the Hominy Indians an independent team from Hominy, Oklahoma that too was composed entirely of Native Americans. In 1927 the Indians defeated the 1927 NFL Champions, the New York Giants 13-6. In 1930, Papio returned to the NFL to play the 1930 season with the Chicago Cardinals. Pappio attend and played college football at the Haskell Indian Nations University.
- Whitman, Robert L. (1984). Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The N.F.L.'s Most Colorful Franchise. [Mount Gilead, OH]: Marion County Historical Society. OCLC 717439558.
- Uniform Numbers of the NFL
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