Joe Gary III (born May 13, 1959) is a former American football defensive end in the United States Football League for the Birmingham Stallions. He played college football at UCLA.
Washington Preparatory High School, where he was a two-way player in football. He won the discus crown in 1976. He won the city shot put title in 1977.
He accepted a football scholarship from
UCLA. As a junior, he intercepted a pass against Ohio State University.
In 1977, he was
redshirted to gain additional experience. He shared starting duties at defensive tackle in his last 3 seasons. As a senior, he registered 3 tackles and intercepted a pass in the final minutes, to secure a win against Arizona State University. He finished his college career with 5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
Gary was selected by the
Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round (249th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. He was waived on August 31. 
On May 12,
1983, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Rams to play nose tackle. He was cut on August 23. 
1984, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles to play defensive end. He was released on July 30.
1984, he was signed as a free agent by the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League. On February 20, he was traded to the Birmingham Stallions in exchange for a future draft choice.
Birmingham Stallions (USFL) [ edit | edit source ]
1984, he was a backup defensive end and had one sack during the season.
On December 18,
1984, he was signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League, to play defensive end. He was released before the start of the season.
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