Joe Pappio

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Joe Pappio
No. 33
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: October 1, 1902
Place of birth: Sawyer, Minnesota
Date of death: August 22, 1971(1971-08-22) (aged 68)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Haskell Indian
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR
Joe Pappio 2nd Row Middle

Joseph Pappio (October 1, 1902–August 22, 1971), a Chippewa Indian, 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.[1] 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.[2] In 1930, Pappio returned to the NFL to play the 1930 season with the Chicago Cardinals. Pappio attended and played college football at the Haskell Indian Nations University.

He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then later in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. He later married Nell Saunkeah Pappio and had 3 children: Barbara Jo Pappio Poe (1932-2013), Joe (Buddy) Pappio Jr. (1937-2011), and Marjorie Pappio (1940-2012). Barbara had 3 children, Susan Diana Poe Ryan (1960), Joe Edward Poe Jr. (1961) and Jeffrey Joseph Poe (1972).


  • 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


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
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