68 Days: A Look Back at All-American Joe Cocozzo

As we continue our countdown to kickoff, we take a look back at #68 Joe Cocozzo, an Offensive Lineman who played from 1989-1992.

College

  • Started off as a offensive tackle in 1989, but was moved to offensive guard in 1990 where he would finish his career with the Wolverines.
  • As a Senior, he made it to First Big Ten team and as an All-American.
  • He helped Michigan to a 9-0-3 record in 1992.
  • Same year, won the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win over Washington.
  • Started 32 games total
  • Played in the 1993 Senior Bowl.

NFL

  • Selected in the 3rd round (64th pick) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
  • He would play 4 seasons in the NFL, all with the Chargers.
  • Led the Chargers to a 1994 AFC title, but would lose to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.
  • After signing with the Washington Redskins in 1998, he suffered an injury to his elbow in training camp, which held him out of the season.
  • During the 2000 season, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, but ended up injuring his ribs in training camp.
  • Announced official retirement in 2000.

Life after Football

After retirement, Cocozzo opened up a physical therapy business with his wife, Amanda, in his hometown of Mechanicville, NY. He has two sons, Anthony and James.

Go Blue!

TWD Staff

Stories contributed by staff members of The Wolverine Daily.

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