Joe Lavender

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Joe Lavender
No. 30, 20
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-02-10) February 10, 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth: Rayville, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: El Centro (CA) Central Union
College: San Diego State
NFL draft: 1973 / Round: 12 / Pick: 288
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1982
Interceptions: 33
Fumble recoveries: 7
Touchdowns: 4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Joseph "Joe" Lavender (born February 10, 1949) is a former American football cornerback who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles from 19731975, and the Washington Redskins from 19761982.[1] He was drafted by the Eagles in the twelfth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Diego State.

Professional career[edit]

In his first year as a Redskin (1976), he replaced Mike Bass as the starting cornerback opposite the other cornerback, Pat Fischer and had 6 interceptions. He also had impressive interception totals in 1979 and 1980 with 6 each. But in 1982, Lavender was replaced as a starter by a rookie, Vernon Dean, though he remained on the team as a backup, the year the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, his final one in the NFL.

After Football[edit]

In 1986, Joe was arrested in El Cajon for carrying an illegal knife.[2]