American Football Database
Joe Moss
File:Joe Moss.jpg
Moss as a senior at Maryland
Date of birth: (1930-04-09) April 9, 1930 (age 92)
Place of birth: Elkins, West Virginia
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 14 / Pick: 169
(by the Los Angeles Rams)
 As coach:
Maryland (asst.)
Air Force (asst. HC)
Philadelphia Eagles (DL)
Toronto Argonauts (DC)
Toronto Argonauts
Toronto Argonauts (DC)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (DB)
Ottawa Gee-Gees
Toronto Argonauts (DC)
Ottawa Rough Riders
Toronto Argonauts (DL)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DL)
Toronto Argonauts (DL)
Ottawa Rough Riders (DC)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (DL)
New Jersey Red Dogs (asst.)
Toronto Phantoms (DL/OL/ST)
 As player:
1952 Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
  • 1982 Quebec University Football League Coach of the Year
    *Grey Cup Champion (71st)
Playing stats at

Joseph Charles Moss (born April 9, 1930) is an American former coach and player. He played college football at the University of Maryland and professional football in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins. Moss served as head coach for the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough-Riders in the Canadian Football League.


A native of Elkins, West Virginia, Moss played college football at the University of Maryland and was drafted in the fourteenth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He was traded to the Washington Redskins on July 11, 1952 for Nick Bolkovac and a sixth-round draft pick.[1]

After playing one season in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins, Moss joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. where he played for the base football team.[2] In 1956, Moss became an assistant coach at his alma mater, Maryland.[3] From 1961 to 1968, Moss was Ben Martin's chief assistant at the United States Air Force Academy.[4] From 1969 to 1972 he was the defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.[5] In 1973, Moss became the Defensive Coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Moss was promoted to head coach during the 1974 season after the Argos got off to a 3–4 start. Toronto would go 3–5–1 under Moss and he was replaced as head coach by Russ Jackson, but remained as defensive coordinator.[4]

After one season as the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive backs coach,[4] Moss became head coach of the Ottawa Gee-Gees football team. He led Ottawa to the 1980 Vanier Cup and won the Quebec University Football League coach of the year award in 1982.[6] Moss returned to the Argonauts as Defensive Coordinator in 1983 and helped coach the team to victory in the 71st Grey Cup.

On December 18, 1984, Moss was named head coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders. Moss coached the Riders to a 7–9 record and a playoff berth in his first season as head coach. He was fired during his second season after losing ten of eleven games.[7] His overall record as Rough Riders head coach is 10–19.

After his firing, Moss served as an assistant with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL, and the New Jersey Red Dogs and Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League.[4] He has also scouted for the Tiger-Cats.[8]


  1. Rams Trade Joe Moss for Two Redskin Players, Los Angeles Times, July 12, 1952.
  2. Ray Schmidt, Real Airmen, College Football Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. V, No. I, p. 16, November 1991.
  3. Joe Moss Appointed Aide At College Park, The Frederick Post, January 26, 1956.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Coach Moss Aids Toronto, Our Sports Central, April 25, 2001.
  5. All-Time Eagles Coaches, Philadelphia Eagles, retrieved December 28, 2010.
  6. Récipiendaires de prix de la LFUQ / QUFL Trophy Winners, Quebec University Football League, retrieved December 28, 2010.
  7. Elsewhere..., Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 30, 1986.
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