Kerry Joseph

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Kerry Joseph
Kerry Joseph.jpg
No. 5
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-10-04) October 4, 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth: New Iberia, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: McNeese State
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Kerry Tremaine Joseph[1] (born October 4, 1973) is an American former Canadian football quarterback. He was born in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Joseph was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2007 while leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to victory in the 95th Grey Cup. At the end of the season he had completed 267 of 459 passes for 4002 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also led all quarterbacks in the league in rushing with 737 yards on 90 attempts and 13 touchdowns. On March 5, 2008, the Roughriders traded him to the Argonauts.

College career[edit]

In college Joseph played quarterback for McNeese State University, leading his team to a 42–11 record and two Southland Conference titles during four seasons as a starter.

NFL career[edit]

Subsequently Joseph attended the training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL in 1996, played with the London Monarchs of NFL Europe in 1997, tried out as a slotback for the Washington Redskins in 1998 but played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe where he won the World Bowl. He then was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks where he played safety for four years until being released in 2002.

CFL career[edit]

Ottawa Renegades[edit]

Toronto Argonaut quarterback Kerry Joseph jogs offs the Rogers Centre field, 2009

Joseph then headed to Canada to try his luck at finally playing quarterback as a professional. He was acquired as a free agent by the Ottawa Renegades in 2003 and during that season unseated incumbent Dan Crowley for the starting job. In the last game of the 2005 season, a victory over the division-leading Toronto Argonauts, Joseph became only the third (after Damon Allen and Tracy Ham) quarterback in Canadian Football League history to garner over 1000 rushing yards in a single season, finishing with 1006.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

The Renegades suspended operations, but on April 12, 2006, Kerry Joseph was selected first overall by Saskatchewan in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft.

On November 25, 2007, Joseph won the Grey Cup for the first time in his career, winning 23–19 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On November 29, 2007, he was announced as the first ever CFLPA Pro Player of the Year after fan voting during Grey Cup week.[2]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

Kerry Joseph was traded from the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Toronto Argonauts on March 5, 2008, along with 2010 third round draft pick in exchange for offensive tackle Glenn January, defensive lineman Ronald Flemons, the Argos' 2008 first-round pick and a 2010 second-round selection.

After being traded to the Argos, Joseph struggled with the team, being knocked out of the playoffs for the two seasons that he played there.

On February 21, 2010, Joseph was released by the Argos along with fellow quarterback Cody Pickett and linebacker Zeke Moreno.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Joseph taking a snap in 2009.

On October 25, 2010, Joseph was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos to a practice roster agreement after speculation that starting quarterback Ricky Ray would sit out the final two games of the 2010 CFL season.[3]

On December 16, 2010, it was announced that Joseph had been released by the Eskimos.[4]

On January 25, 2011, it was announced that Joseph had been hired as a personal trainer at Cross Gates Athletic Club in Slidell, Louisiana.[5]

June 8, 2011: Signed with the Edmonton Eskimos.

2012 Season: After starting quarterback Steven Jyles went down with an injury, Joseph started 3 games and threw for 1286 yards with 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

On January 28, 2014, Joseph announced his retirement from pro football.

Kerry Joseph was the Program Director of Parisi Speed School in Slidell, La after retiring.

Return to Saskatchewan[edit]

On October 7, 2014, it announced by the Saskatchewan Roughriders that he was coming out of retirement to return to his former team.[6] Prior to his resigning with the Roughriders, Joseph had been working as a coaching intern with the New Orleans Saints.[7] Joseph made his first start of the season against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 19, 2014. Joseph had been a member of the Eskimos organization until the end of the 2013 season and retired in early 2014.[8][9] Joesph played in 2 more regular season games for the Roughriders and 1 playoff game. In said playoff game Joseph struggled mightily, throwing 5 interceptions on 17 pass attempts for a passer rating of 45.8.

On December 5, 2014, Joseph announced his retirement from the CFL for a second time.[10]


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