Joe Hoague
Position:Fullback, Halfback
Personal information
Born:(1918-02-18)February 18, 1918
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died:January 4, 1991(1991-01-04) (aged 72)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1941 / Round: 13 / Pick: 111
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Joseph Daniell Hoague (February 18, 1918 – January 4, 1991) was a professional American football player in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and later the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles, and the Boston Yanks. Prior to joining the NFL, Hoague played college football at Colgate University.

Early career

Hoague began his athletic career while attending The Governor's Academy, the oldest boarding school in the United States. There he played five varsity sports serving as captain of the baseball team his senior year. In his junior year, Hoague played football, hockey, and baseball; as a senior, he competed in football, basketball, winter track, and baseball. While at the school he was also awarded the Academy’s most honored prize, the Morse Flag, for earning the highest respect of the faculty.


Hoague graduated in 1937 and so afterwards attended Colgate University. At Colgate, he was a three-year letterman and honorable All-American. He was inducted into the Colgate University Hall of Honor in 1990.[1]

Pro football

After college, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 13th round (111th overall) of the 1941 NFL Draft. His rights were transferred to the Pittsburgh Steelers due to the events later referred to as the Pennsylvania Polka. He played in two seasons with the Steelers.[2] However, he was later called up to fight in World War II. He was drafted into the United States Navy and was out of football until 1946, when he played one last season with the Boston Yanks.[3] However, before he left for the Navy, Steagles coach Walt Kiesling placed Hoague in the line-up once last time in a game against the Chicago Bears.

Coaching career

In 1980, Hoague was named to the National High School Association Hall of Fame for his dedication to coaching football at Melrose High School in Melrose, Massachusetts. Hoague achieved a combined record of 200 victories as a high school football coach at Melrose, Natick and Taunton High Schools. He also received recognition by his induction into the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame.


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  2. ^ "Deceiving!: Pile Driving Hoague Also Packs Strong Harvard Accent". Pittsburgh Press. August 29, 1941. p. 36. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
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