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Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1877-10-05)October 5, 1877
Warrenton, North Carolina
DiedOctober 13, 1947(1947-10-13) (aged 70)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Playing career
Position(s)Fullback
Head coaching record
Overall2–2–1

Joel D. Whitaker (October 5, 1877 – October 13, 1947) was an American ophthalmologist and college football player and coach. He was hired as one of the first coaches of the Guilford Quakers in 1897, posting a 2–2–1 record.[1] Whitaker played college football at the University of North Carolina, where he was a prominent fullback, described by Kemp Plummer Battle as "probably the university's best all around athlete."[2] In the 1895 Georgia vs. North Carolina football game, Whitaker threw what is purported by some to be the first forward pass.[3] He picked an all-time UNC team in 1910.[4]

Whitaker was born on October 5, 1877, in Warrenton, North Carolina. He died on October 13, 1947, at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.[5]

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