Joe Adams
Date of birth: (1958-04-05) April 5, 1958 (age 62)
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 12 / Pick: 322
Drafted by: San Francisco 49ers

Joe "747" Adams (born April 5, 1958) is a former Canadian football quarterback who played three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders during 1982 to 1984. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the twelfth round of the 1981 NFL Draft, but remained a practice squad member during his one year with the team.[1] He played college football at Tennessee State University.[2] Adams garnered the nickname "747" in reference to the Boeing 747 aircraft.[3]


  1. Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 140. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  2. "1981 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  3. "100 Moments: "747" Lights Up the Skies". August 24, 2012. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.

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