Joe Isbell

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Joe Bob Isbell
refer to caption
Isbell on a Coca-Cola bottle cap from 1966
No. 60, 61
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1940-07-07) July 7, 1940 (age 77)
Gorman, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Little Cypress (TX)
College: Houston
AFL draft: 1962 / Round: 20 / Pick: 159
(By the Houston Oilers)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 45
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Joe Bob Isbell (born July 7, 1940) is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at the University of Houston.

Early years[edit]

Isbell attended Little Cypress High School, before moving on to the University of Houston, where he was a team co-captain as a senior.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Isbell was selected by the Houston Oilers in the twentieth round (159th overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft, but instead chose to sign with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 1962. On September 11, he was placed on the injured reserve list,[1] but returned in October to play in 9 games.[2]

On November 3, 1963, he suffered a left knee injury against the Washington Redskins and was lost for the year.[3]

Isbell was mostly a backup player until 1964, when he started 10 games at right guard. The next year, he was placed on the taxi squad because of injuries and wasn't activated during the season.

On August 15, 1966, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fifth round draft choice (#127-Zeke Moore).

Cleveland Browns[edit]

In 1966, he was a reserve player with the Cleveland Browns. He was waived on September 5, 1967.[4]

Houston Oilers[edit]

In 1967, he was signed as a free agent by the Houston Oilers to their taxi squad.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Isbell was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1968 AFL expansion draft from the Houston Oilers roster.[5] He was released on July 13.

Personal life[edit]

He was born to Earl Palmer Isbell and Beulah J. Alexander Isbell. He is a 6th Cousin to professional football players and fellow Texans Cecil Isbell, Larry Isbell, and Cody Isbell. His father was a fifth cousin once removed from them.


  1. ^ "Baltimore Colts Hand Steve Myra His Release". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Frost on Reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cowboys Lose Three Starters". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wingate, Smith, Nomina Among Pro Grid Trims". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Burnett Anmd Bellino Among 20 Bengals Picks". Retrieved February 19, 2017.