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|Date of birth:February 10, 1949|
|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)|
|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 highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1982|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
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 1973–1975, and the Washington Redskins from 1976–1982. He was drafted by the Eagles in the twelfth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Diego State.
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.
In 1986, Joe was arrested in El Cajon for carrying an illegal knife.
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