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