Saturday, July 27, 2013

Villanova football season countdown: 35 is for Billy Joe

 Billy Joe (left)

 Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well. 
Fullback: 1960-1962

Villanova's last ever bowl win was the 1961 Sun Bowl, a game in which Billy Joe was the MVP. Although Joe gained less than 600 yards on the ground during his career on the Main Line, he remains one of Villanova's all time great players because of his accomplishments as a professional (1963 AFL Rookie of The Year, 1965 AFL All Star) while playing with the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, and Jets. On top of his accomplishment on the football field, Joe also was on the track team, and still holds the Villanova record for the shot put.

After his career as a player, Billy Joe became a coach, most notably for Florida A&M and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in that capacity in 2007.

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