Joseph J. Grey

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Joe Grey was a big, raw kid who made himself an outstanding player. He starred as both an offensive tackle and linebacker for the Big Red. And even though he was surrounded by an all star cast he was good enough in his own right to be named to the 1973 Big 33 Team, which features the top 33 schoolboy players in Pennsylvania.

He was also a letter winner as a basketball player and (in spite of his size) earned points for the Tornado track team as a triple jumper.

He received a 4-year scholarship to play football at North Carolina State, then coached by Lou Holtz. Like so many others, homesickness and other pressures caused him to leave after his sophomore year, short-circuiting what might have been an outstanding career.

Joe died in 1977 in a tragic swimming accident.

Categories: 1997 Hall of Fame