No ordinary Joe


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Courtesy Of The Washington Redskins

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Talk of Fame Network

Former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Joe Jacoby has waited 18 years for a call from Canton.

Listeners and readers of The Talk of Fame Network believe he has waited long enough.

We identified the five men on the list of 25 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 who have waited the longest for enshrinement and asked our followers in last week’s poll which one deserves to be rewarded. In addition to Jacoby, we listed coach Don Coryell (26-year wait), running back Roger Craig (18 years), offensive tackle Mike Kenn (17 years) and linebacker Karl Mecklenburg (16 years)

Jacoby won by an overwhelming margin with 92.3 percent of the vote.  Coryell was next with 3.6 percent of the vote , followed by Craig, Mecklenburg and Kenn, all in the 1.0s.

Jacoby was an original Hog on Washington teams that won three Super Bowls under Joe Gibbs in the 1980s and 1990s. Jacoby was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisville who not only made the Redskins in 1981 but became a starter in his first month in the NFL. He remained in the lineup for 13 seasons, helping the Redskins win five NFC East titles and four NFC crowns.

Jacoby played left tackle in an era with some of the best pass rushers in history – Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Fred Dean and Chris Doleman, among others – and protected the blind side of three quarterbacks who would go on to win Super Bowls for the Redskins: Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien.

Jacoby was voted to four Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team and voted one of the 70 greatest Redskins of all time. He also played right tackle and guard toward the end of his career. If Jacoby is elected to the Hall of Fame, he would become the second Hog in Canton, joining guard Russ Grimm.

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4 Comments

  1. Rick Hunt
    December 9, 2015
    Reply

    I have known Joe since he came to training camp in Carlisle so many years ago. The first time I saw him Bobby Beat hard said watch the guy playing left tackle,his name is Jacoby. Even then people were saying he is special. He started as a walk on and the rest is history along with the rest of the guys who became the fabled Hogs. Joe belongs in the Hall of fame period.

  2. Edward Allen
    December 9, 2015
    Reply

    I was employed by the Redskins for 25 years and knew Joe very well, be sides being a great football player he was a good friend and I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be in the Hall of Fame.

  3. Bill Harmon
    December 11, 2015
    Reply

    Joe belongs in the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. He has paid the price and should be in the Hall of Fame…..

  4. Rick Hughes
    December 14, 2015
    Reply

    I know Joe Jacoby by another great offensive hall of fame lineman named Joe, Joe Delamielleure. Joe D asked Joe J to look at some of my business as Joe J had been in our business post the Redskins. We immediately became friends, as have our wives. I had some experience in my first career in college football, so I can at least communicate with these men. What I can address is the word “ALL.” In the old days all was all inclusive. Character, (real character) at all levels. As a person, as an athlete, parent, spiritually, generosity, humility, without exception, while being the very best football player out there. This epitomizes Joe Jacoby. To be All-American, All-Pro, and Hall of Famer. Means this guy has put it all together in more ways than just the spectacular play on the field which Joe accomplised. I am not all enamored with just the athlete and his adulation, they are; it seems, today a common commodity. I am enamored with the real man Joe Jacoby, because of what he embodies. All encompassing human as well as deserving hall inductee.

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