Joe Ferguson

Football Player
Born Apr 23, 1950

Joseph Carlton Ferguson, Jr. is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He played high school football in Shreveport, Louisiana for Woodlawn High School, guiding the Knights to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class AAA state championship in 1968. Ferguson succeeded Terry Bradshaw as Woodlawn's starting quarterback.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on April 23, 1950.


1968 18 Years Old Ferguson played high school football in Shreveport, Louisiana, for Woodlawn High School. He guided the Knights to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class AAA (the top classification at the time) state championship in 1968. … Read More


1973 23 Years Old 1 More Event
The Buffalo Bills selected Ferguson in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft.
1975 25 Years Old In 1975 Ferguson tied Fran Tarkenton for the NFL lead with 25 touchdown passes and compiled a passer rating of 81.3.


1980 30 Years Old Ferguson also surpassed 20 touchdown passes in three other seasons: 1980, 1981, 1983.


2005 55 Years Old In May 2005, Ferguson was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma cancer and underwent treatment at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
2008 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2008, Ferguson was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
2009 59 Years Old In July 2009, it was reported that Ferguson had recovered from his battles with cancer.


2012 62 Years Old Ferguson played college football at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he held the school's single game record for most completions until broken in 2012 (31 against Texas A&M in 1971) and in that same season was named the Southwest Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.
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