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Joe Gilliam (1950-2000) was an American football player. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

Joe Gilliam
Date of birth December 29, 1950
Place of birth Nashville, Tennessee
Position(s) Quarterback
College Tennessee State University
NFL Draft 1972 / Round 11
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
Team(s)
1972-1975 Pittsburgh Steelers

Contents

December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Music City Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 1362. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university founded in 1912. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1972 NFL Draft was held on February 1-2, 1972 // Franco Harris, RB, Penn State - taken 1st round, 13th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football...

Biography

Joseph Gilliam, Jr. (born December 29, 1950 in Charleston, West Virginia) was the third of four children for Ruth and Joe Gilliam Sr. Official website: www. ...


He grew up on the campus of Tennessee A&I State University (as the college was known prior to 1968). His father was a defensive coordinator at TSU. The younger Gilliam displayed his own athletic abilities at a young age, beginning at Nashville’s Washington Junior high School, where he participated in tumbling, track, and basketball. In 1966, he became the starting quarterback at Pearl High School and led the squad when they played in the city’s first season of integrated football. Gilliam kept close to the Tiger football team by serving as a ball boy [1].


His daughter Is R&B Singer Joi. His ex son-in-law is rapper Big Gipp of the Goodie Mob. On 1 July 96 his granddaughter Keypsiia Blue Daydreamer was born. Joi Gilliam-Gipp (born January 25, 1972) is a Singer/Producer/Model. ... Bigg Gipp born Cameron Gipp (born on April 28, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia), is an American rapper from the South. ... Goodie Mob, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is widely considered one of the founding hip hop acts of the Dirty South movement. ...


Career

Gilliam was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1972 in the 11th round after a college football career at Tennessee State University where he was a two-time All-American. He became the Steelers' starting Quarterback in 1974 but lost the job when Terry Bradshaw was chosen to lead the team in the playoffs, fueling speculation years later that Gilliam was removed because he was black. Bradshaw himself admits that Gilliam was more talented and deserving of the job that year than he was. Gilliam spiraled into a trap of severe alcoholism and substance abuse and was out of the National Football League at the end of 1975 and back on the streets in Nashville, Tennessee, where he battled his cocaine addiction on and off over the years. City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university founded in 1912. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Nickname: Music City Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 1362. ... Cocaine (or crack in its impure freebase form) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


In 1983, Gilliam attempted a comeback to pro football in the United States Football League with the Washington Federals. He did not have much success and retired from the sport for good after that season. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ... Orlando Renegades was a professional American Football team that played in the United States Football League in the mid 1980s. ...


For the rest of his life, he battled his cocaine addiction; but did manage to run a football camp in Nashville at times. He was often homeless and on the streets in search of his next high. He earned the nickname "Jefferson Street Joe" for the boulevard that runs by Tennessee State University in Nashville. [1]


Gilliam died of a heart attack on December 25, 2000. He had been sober for four years prior to his death and was able to attend the final Steelers game at Three Rivers Stadium. December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Honus Wagner Statue outside Gate C Three Rivers Stadium was a multipurpose sports stadium and event facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The stadiums name was derived from the junction of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, where they formed the Ohio River, the Golden Triangle. The stadium was...


Trivia

On the field Gilliam was known to smile and raise his hands in the air after a good play, this being a rare and ostentatious show of enthusiasm and emotion for a professional quarterback or athlete.


External Links

Joe Gilliam Jr at African American Registry


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Jefferson Street Joe Gilliam Laid to Rest - Pittsburgh Steelers (868 words)
Gilliam's body was in an open casket with plenty of roses, and other flower arrangements, one of which took the shape of a football with his uniform number (17) made up in the center.
My final words on Joe Gilliam are these: To this day I don't understand why when he was having such problems, and especially when he had no place to live, that his teammates, or even the NFL did not reach out to help him.
Joe Gilliam was one of the nicest persons you would ever want to know, and it seems hard to believe no one would want to help him in his time of need.
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