• First team all-state and first team all city
  • 10-1, won the NAIA national championship
  • He enter the world of professional wrestling

A 1965 graduate …. Joe was a three year starter for the Explorers …. Like many players of his day, Joe played on both sides of the ball – in three years, he played every snap on the offensive and defensive line … Joe often played hurt … but never complained because he wanted to set an example for his teammates … He was named first team all-state and first team all city …. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Tampa … where he became a four-year starter at linebacker ….

Interestingly …. Joe was joined at the University of Tampa by his Columbus High classmate and good friend … Joe Flaherty was a great football player – and one big reason why Tampa could play against larger programs and win.

That 1970 Tampa team – by the way — finished 10-1 and won the NAIA national championship. After football at Tampa, Joe worked a year as the wrestling coach at Miami Beach High – where he helped the team achieve its first winning record in the school’s history… He enter the world of professional wrestling. After pro wrestling, Joe moved to Texas with his family….  Tragically, he died in a car accident there in 1982 – at the age of 34.