Class of 2018 Finalist Spotlight: Joe Jacoby

Class of 2018 Finalist Spotlight: Joe Jacoby

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Washington Redskins legend Joe Jacoby was recently named a finalist for the Class of 2018. If elected, he would be the 23rd tackle enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jacoby has been named a finalist for the third time and this marks his 20th year of eligibility to be elected to the Hall.

University of Louisville tackle Jacoby was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins in 1981 out of the University Louisville, which has no Hall of Famers to date. Jacoby played numerous positions on the offensive line during his career but made his mark at left tackle, a spot he earned midway through his rookie season as part of the “Hogs” leading the Redskins to three Super Bowl Championships.

Jacoby was relied upon as a solid, durable, and strong pass and run blocker and did so while persevering through numerous injuries throughout his 13-year NFL career. During his tenure, the Redskins’ had a top 10 ranked offense 10 times and the unit finished in the top five in the league six times.

As a key member of famed “Hogs” offensive line, Jacoby helped lead the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl XVII vs. Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl XXII vs. Denver Broncos and Super Bowl XXVI vs. Buffalo Bills).

That dominant offensive line was able to churn out seven 1,000-yard rushers and seven 3,000-yard passers during Jacoby’s career. The 1983 Redskins, which lost to the Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, scored a then-NFL record 541 points.

Jacoby was named All-Pro three times (1983-84, 1987), All-NFC twice (1983-84), and Second-Team All-NFC twice (1985-86).

Voted to four straight Pro Bowls (1984-87), Jacoby helped the Redskins advance to the postseason eight times in an 11-season span. He was also a leader of a team that recorded double-digit win totals eight times in a nine-season span and won four NFC East division titles plus the NFC regular season title during the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Jacoby started in five NFC championship games (four at left tackle, one at right tackle), that included four conference championship wins. He was Washington’s starting left tackle in three Super Bowls and starting right tackle in one Super Bowl. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of 1980s.

Following retirement from playing in the NFL, Jacoby owned a car dealership and contributed to the Redskins pre-game radio show. He also coached football at Shenandoah University where he helped improve their offensive production by 50 yards per game and set new school records in eight different offensive categories.


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