Joseph Leroy Heath, Jr. "JoJo"
No. 36, 29, 37
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1957-03-09)March 9, 1957
Monessen, Pennsylvania
Died:December 30, 2002(2002-12-30) (aged 45)
Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Monessen (PA)
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 6 / Pick: 141
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Joseph Leroy Heath, Jr. "JoJo" (March 9, 1957 – December 30, 2002) was an American football defensive back who played three years in the National Football League (NFL), three years in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and one year in the United States Football League (USFL).

Early life

The son of Joseph Leroy Heath, Sr. and Fannie Grogan Heath, JoJo grew up in Monessen, PA, a small city in Western Pennsylvania.

High school career

A star athlete for the Monessen Greyhounds, he was a three-year starter in football and basketball. He also excelled in track and field. JoJo was also skilled in martial art and held a Black Belt in Karate.


College career Highly sought-after by several Division I college football teams, JoJo was recruited by the Pittsburgh and played for Pitt from 1976-1979.[1]

Professional career In 1980, Heath was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. [2]


He was stabbed to death on December 30, 2002, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania at age 45.[3]


  1. ^ "Welcome".
  2. ^ "Jo Jo Heath Stats - Pro Football Archives".
  3. ^ "'Jo Jo' Heath killed". 2002-12-31. Retrieved 2019-05-07.