Joe Jacoby

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Joe Jacoby
No. 66
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1959-07-06) July 6, 1959 (age 59)
Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school: Louisville (KY) Western
College: Louisville
Undrafted: 1981
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 170
Games started: 148
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Joseph Erwin Jacoby (born July 6, 1959) is a former American football offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL), where he won three Super Bowls during his tenure with the team. Many Redskins' fans and analysts consider Jacoby the greatest Redskins player not currently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

Jacoby started off as an offensive tackle for the University of Louisville from 1978 to 1980.[1]

Jacoby left college early to follow his dreams in the NFL but always regretted not graduating. In 2010 he went back to school to make his daughters proud and to encourage young people to always finish what they started. In 2012 graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville.

Professional career[edit]

Following his senior season he went undrafted in the 1981 NFL draft but signed as a rookie free agent with the Washington Redskins. Jacoby's foray into the NFL started off ominously, as Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs mistook him for a defensive lineman, then after learning Jacoby was slated to play on the offensive side of the ball, chastised legendary offensive line coach Joe Bugel's decision to sign an 18th offensive lineman for training camp. It didn't take long for Jacoby to prove that he was one of the best offensive linemen on the team, earning his spot as the starting left tackle his rookie season. Gibbs would later go on to say, "Jake was one of the best things that ever happened to us. Shows you what I know about a prospect"

Only one of three players to start for all four of Joe Gibbs Super Bowl teams and a key, founding member of the famed "Hogs" offensive line.[2][3] Jacoby helped lead the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl XVII vs. Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl XXII vs. Denver Broncos and Super Bowl XXVI vs. Buffalo Bills). During his NFL career, Jacoby started at every offensive line position, except Center, earning All-Pro honors four times (1983-1984, 1987), All-NFC twice (1983-1984) and Second-Team All-NFC (1985-86). Jacoby was also elected to four straight Pro Bowl (1984-1987), was named as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins, and was selected to the NFL’s 1980’s All-Decade Team. Other notable awards include the NFLPA Redskin Offensive Player of the year in 1989, and the Ed Block Courage Award in 1990, the Kentucky Athlete Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Kentucky Chapter, Pro Football Hall of fame Enshrine in 2010.

Joe’s most treasured awards are those given in recognition of his community service and charitable endeavors: Kenny Houston Humanitarian of the year (1993), Washingtonian Magazine “Washingtonian of the year” (1987), Touchdown Club “Golden Timmie Award” (1993), two time NFL Lineman of the Year Finalist (1986 & 1987) and NFL Man of the Year Finalist (1985).

Jacoby was the lead blocker on John Riggins' famous touchdown run, which ensured the Redskins' Super Bowl XVII win over the Dolphins in 1983. In that game, the Redskins set a Super Bowl record for most rushing yards with 276. The Hogs helped the Redskins break that record five years later in Super Bowl XXII, in which Washington trampled over the Denver Broncos with 280 rushing yards en route to the second of the Redskins' three championships.


Jacoby retired following the 1993 season having started 148 games for the Washington Redskins.

In the wildly popular book “The Blindside,” New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Lewis cites Jacoby as the first incarnation of the NFL’s modern left tackle. Jacoby’s dominance on the football field is undeniable and his enshrinement into football immortality is imminent as Jacoby was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

For 15 years he owned and operated a successful automotive dealership in Warrenton, Virginia. In 2018 he sold the dealership franchise and he decided to return to his first love, football.[4]

In the fall of 2008 Jacoby became an volunteer Assistant Football Coach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He would join as a full time coach in 2009.[5]

In 2014, Jacoby embarked on a new adventure as the Offensive Line Coach for Concordia University Chicago.[6] He would spend two season embracing the cold Chicago before deciding to head to warmer weather in North Carolina.

In 2016 he joined the Charlotte Christian School coaching staff as a full time volunteer while opening his own insurance business,

He has a wife, Irene, and 2 daughters, Lauren & Jenna.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ "The History of The Hogs". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Joe Jacoby - Washington Redskins Legend". 1959-07-06. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
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  5. ^ Joe Jacoby. "Shenandoah". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  6. ^ "This article is unavailble". Retrieved 2017-01-04.