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Joe Childress
Joe Childress 1961.jpg
Childress in 1961
Born:(1933-10-26)October 26, 1933
Robertsdale, Alabama
Died:May 5, 1986(1986-05-05) (aged 52)
Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Running back
NFL draft1956 / Round: 1 / Pick 7
Career history
As player
1956–1965Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals
Awards1954 Gator Bowl MVP
1955 All-American, FWAA

Joe Childress (October 26, 1933 – May 5, 1986) was a running back in the National Football League. For his entire career, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. He left the Cardinals to coach the Houston Oilers. In his 40s, he contracted a type of cancer and began the battle which ultimately he lost. He received numerous honors in his name. Childress was a father of four children.