Joe Zeno
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Personal information
Born:(1919-06-14)June 14, 1919
Brooklyn, New York
Died:January 8, 1992(1992-01-08) (aged 72)
Glendale, California
Career information
High school:Waltham (MA)
College:Holy Cross
NFL Draft:1942 / Round: 5 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:42
Games started:21
Player stats at · PFR

Joseph H. Zeno (June 14, 1919 – January 8, 1992) was an American football guard in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Boston Yanks.

Early life

Zeno was born in Brooklyn, New York and played high school football at Waltham High School in Waltham, Massachusetts. He then went on to play college football at the College of the Holy Cross.

Professional career

Zeno was drafted in the fifth round of the 1942 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he played until 1944. During his tenure with the Redskins, he was named to the Pro Bowl in 1942 and won the 1942 NFL Championship Game. Zeno then took time off to serve in the United States Army during World War II.[1] He then played for two more seasons with the Boston Yanks.

Coaching career

After retiring from the NFL, Zeno moved to California and became an assistant football coach at Arcadia High School for one season.[1] He then was head coach of the Santa Paula High School football team for 15 years, retiring in 1974.[2]

Personal life

Many members of Zeno's family were also football players. His sons, Larry and Joe, and his twin grandsons, Lance and Eric, are former UCLA Bruins football players.[1] Lance Zeno would eventually play in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. Zeno died from complications of Parkinson's disease on January 8, 1992 at a hospital in Glendale, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Area High School Coach, Redskin Player Joe Zeno Dies at 72". Los Angeles Times. January 17, 1992. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  2. ^ "Cardinals coached by Joe Zeno for 15 great years in the 60s and 70s". Santa Paula Times. Retrieved 2008-02-11.