American Football Database
American Football Database
Joe Lavender
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-02-10) February 10, 1949 (age 72)
Place of birth: Rayville, Louisiana
High School: El Centro (CA) Central Union
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 12 / Pick: 288
Debuted in 1973 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1982 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1982
Interceptions     33
Fumble recoveries     7
Touchdowns     4
Stats at
Stats at

Joseph "Joe" Lavender (born February 10, 1949) is a former American football cornerback who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 19731975, and the Washington Redskins from 19761982.[1] He was drafted by the Eagles in the twelfth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Diego State.

Professional career

In his first year as a Redskin (1976), he replaced Mike Bass as the starting cornerback opposite the other cornerback, Pat Fischer and had 6 interceptions. He also had impressive interception totals in 1979 and 1980 with 6 each. But in 1982, Lavender was replaced as a starter by a rookie, Vernon Dean, though he remained on the team as a backup, the year the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, his final one in the NFL.

After Football

In 1986, Joe was arrested in El Cajon for carrying an illegal knife.[2]