Billy Joe (American football)

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Billy Joe
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-10-14) October 14, 1940 (age 76)
Place of birth: Aynor, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: Villanova
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 9 / Pick: 119
AFL draft: 1963 / Round: 11 / Pick: 85
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
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.[1]

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:

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.[2]

He finished his career with 243 wins 133 losses, 2 ties. His number of victories are second only to Eddie Robinson among coaches at historically black colleges and universities.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cheyney Wolves (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1972–1978)
1972 Cheyney 6–3
1973 Cheyney 5–4
1974 Cheyney 5–4
1975 Cheyney 4–6
1976 Cheyney 1–7
1977 Cheyney 4–5
1978 Cheyney 6–3
Cheyney: 31–32
Central State Marauders (Division II Independent) (1981–1992)
1981 Central State 4–7
1982 Central State 7–4
1983 Central State 12–1
1984 Central State 9–2
1985 Central State 8–3
1986 Central State 10–1–1
1987 Central State 10–1–1
1988 Central State 11–2
1989 Central State 10–3
1990 Central State 10–1
1991 Central State 11–2
1992 Central State 12–1
Central State: 114–28–2
Florida A&M Rattlers (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1994–2003)
1994 Florida A&M 6–5
1995 Florida A&M 9–3
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
2002 Florida A&M 7–5
2003 Florida A&M 6–6
Florida A&M Rattlers (I-AA Independent) (2004)
2004 Florida A&M 3–8
Florida A&M: 86–46
Miles Golden Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2008–2010)
2008 Miles 2–8
2009 Miles 4–7
2010 Miles 2–3
Miles: 8–18
Total: 239–124–2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Miles coach Billy Joe resigns, cites health" (October 5, 2010) Sports Illustrated

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