DR. JOSEPH F. GRECO
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- December 14, 2023
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Either through destiny or fate a 1940 press release from Susquehanna University described their defensive end as being “tough, speedy, and having remarkable diagnostic ability as a defensive player.” Today he is recognized as a true
Dr. Greco began his athletic career when only a freshman, participating in both football and basketball. He became a starting end as a sophomore, playing both on offense and defense for three years. During his senior year in 1936, he along with the legendary Len Eshmont, led the Mount Carmel Township Golden Bears to a 9-1 record-best in the school’s history. Known as a defensive standout, he ranks as the 8th all-time scorer in Township history, scoring at least one touchdown in each of his four varsity season. In addition, Greco served as co-captain of the football and basketball teams during his senior year.
Following graduation in 1937, Greco was awarded a scholarship to Villanova where he became a starter on the freshman team. At the end of his first semester he transferred to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Playing under coach Amos Alonza Stagg, Jr., Joe Greco became a fixture for three years at the end position.
Despite being injured during his junior season, he was named to the UPI Little All-American team; the first Susquehanna gridder accorded such an honor. Prior to his senior year, Greco had an operation to repair his damaged knee. Showing interest even then in medicine, Greco remained awake during the operation, watching through a series of mirrors as doctors worked on his knee. Seven weeks later he was in the starting line-up for the start of the 1940 season..
Dr. Greco’s contributions to athletes did not end with his retirement as a player. His three sons, Joey, Jeff, and Jon all starred at Mount Carmel during the 60’s and 70’s. Joey went to Villinova where he became a three year started as a defensive back and return specialist.