Joseph Charles Naekauna "Joe" Francis, Jr. (April 21, 1936 – April 15, 2013) was an American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). Following his playing career, he was a high school football head coach in his native Hawaii.
|Born:||April 21, 1936|
|Died:||April 15, 2013 (aged 76)|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Kamehameha Schools|
|NFL Draft:||1958 / Round: 5 / Pick: 51|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Francis played college football in the Pacific Coast Conference at Oregon State College in Corvallis, where he was a left halfback from 1954 to 1957 for head coaches Kip Taylor and Tommy Prothro. As a junior in 1956, Francis led the Beavers to the Rose Bowl, where they lost to Iowa, 35–19. He rushed for 73 yards and contributed 207 yards of total offense in the losing effort.
Francis was named the team MVP for the 1956 and 1957 seasons. He won the Pop Warner Trophy as the outstanding senior player on the Pacific Coast, and the Hayward Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the state of Oregon in 1957. Oregon State was Coast champion again with Oregon, whom they defeated in the Civil War in Eugene, but the PCC had a no-repeat clause for the Rose Bowl, so the Webfoots went instead.
Francis was selected in the fifth round of the 1958 NFL Draft, 51st overall, by the Green Bay Packers. This was one of the top drafts by a team in NFL history; ahead of Francis, the Packers selected linebacker Dan Currie (3rd), fullback Jim Taylor (15th), linebacker Ray Nitschke (36th), and guard Jerry Kramer (39th).
As a rookie in 1958 under first-year head coach Ray "Scooter" McLean, Francis started one game as quarterback, the season finale, and played behind Babe Parilli and Bart Starr in the Packers' worst-ever season, finishing with a league low 1–10–1. McLean's one-year contract was not renewed; he resigned days after the season and was succeeded in January 1959 by Vince Lombardi. Francis saw limited action that season, relieving starter Lamar McHan on November 1, then didn't play again, as Starr became the starter. Francis broke his left leg early in training camp in 1960, ending his season, then incurred a knee injury in an intrasquad game in 1961, and was waived.
Upon retiring from pro football, Francis returned to Corvallis and was an assistant at Oregon State under head coach Prothro in 1963 and 1964. He then returned to Hawaii to become a physical education teacher and football coach at Pearl City High School, and retired in 2001.
Francis married three times and fathered eleven children: nine sons and two daughters.
A son, Jon Francis (b.1964), played running back for Colorado State in the WAC and Boise State in the Big Sky Conference. He was selected in the seventh round (184th overall) of the 1986 NFL draft by the New York Giants and played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1987. Another son, Ikaika Alama-Francis (b.1984), was a defensive end for the University of Hawaii and was selected in the second round (58th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He played five seasons in the league, two with Detroit and three with the Miami Dolphins.
Events in the year 2013 in the United States.Joseph Francis (disambiguation)
Joseph Francis (1801–1893) was an American inventor.
Joseph or Joe Francis may also refer to:
Joseph Abel Francis (1923–1997), American Catholic bishop
Joseph A. Francis, head football coach for the Middlebury College Panthers football team in 1914
Joe Francis (born 1973), American entrepreneur and film producer
Joe Francis (American football) (1936–2013), quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
Joe Francis (politician) (born 1970), member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Joseph Marshall Francis (1862–1939), bishop of Indiana in the Episcopal Church
Pop Warner Trophy winners