Billy Joe (American football)
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|Date of birth:||October 14, 1940|
|Place of birth:||Aynor, South Carolina|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1963 / Round: 9 / Pick: 119|
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 11 / Pick: 85|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
William "Billy" Joe (born October 14, 1940) is a former collegiate and professional American football player and former college football head coach. He was the American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1963 with the AFL's Denver Broncos. In 1965, he was traded to the Buffalo Bills for their legendary fullback, Cookie Gilchrist, and made the AFL All-Star Team, starting for the Bills in their 1965 AFL Championship victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Joe later was a successful college head coach for 33 seasons. He coached at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania from 1972 to 1978, Central State University from 1981 to 1993, Florida A&M University from 1994 to 2004, and Miles College from 2007 to 2010. Joe achieved his greatest success at Central State, where his teams won 2 NAIA National Football Championships in 1990 and 1992 and made many appearances in the NAIA football playoffs during the 1980s and 1990s. He teams at Florida A&M have made various appearances in the Division I-AA (now FCS) playoffs during the 1990s and early 2000s.
In addition, Joe has won five straight black college football national championships with Central State University (1986–1990) and one with Florida A&M (1998). In 2007, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The number of players who were coached by Joe who went on to the NFL/CFL/Arena League are:
- Central State University: Vince Buck, Vince Heflin, Erik Williams and Hugh Douglas
- Florida A&M: Jamie Brown, Jamie Nails, Terry Mickens, Dexter Nottage, Wally Williams, and Quinn Gray
After a two-season absence as a coach, Joe was named head football coach at Miles College, an NCAA Division II school in Fairfield, Alabama on December 12, 2007. He resigned in October 2010, citing poor health. Assistant coach Patrick Peasant took over the team on an interim basis.
Head coaching record
|Cheyney Wolves (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1972–1978)|
|Central State Marauders (Division II Independent) (1981–1992)|
|Florida A&M Rattlers (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1994–2003)|
|1996||Florida A&M||9–3||L I-AA Playoffs First Round|
|1997||Florida A&M||9–3||L I-AA Playoffs First Round|
|1998||Florida A&M||11–2||L I-AA Playoffs Quarterfinals|
|1999||Florida A&M||10–4||L I-AA Playoffs Semifinals|
|2000||Florida A&M||9–3||L I-AA Playoffs First Round|
|2001||Florida A&M||7–4||L I-AA Playoffs First Round|
|Florida A&M Rattlers (I-AA Independent) (2004)|
|Miles Golden Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2008–2010)|
- Connelly, Bill (May 4, 2016). "That time FAMU nearly made it in college football's top level, but the timing was all wrong". SBNation.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "Miles coach Billy Joe resigns, cites health" (October 5, 2010) Sports Illustrated