Joe Hoague
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1918-02-18)February 18, 1918
Place of birth: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Date of death: January 4, 1991(1991-01-04) (aged 72)
Career information
College: Colgate
NFL Draft: 1941 / Round: 13 / Pick: {{{draftpick}}}
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Pittsburgh Steelers (1941–1942)
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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[edit | edit source]

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, Joe 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.

College[edit | edit source]

Joe 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[edit | edit source]

After college Joe played in two seasons with the Pittsburgh 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 Joe in the line-up once last time in a game against the Chicago Bears.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

In 1980, Joe 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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