Cumulative stats (All positions)
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Oklahoma State University
Joe Spencer played his college football at Oklahoma State University, with his career interrupted by his World War II service. Playing for the Cowboys in 1942, 1946, and 1947, Spencer was a standout lineman and played in the East-West Shrine game at the conclusion of his playing career.
During his military career, he was a player-coach for the 2nd Armored Division football team that won the 1945 European Service championship.
At the conclusion of his college career, Spencer had a brief professional playing career, starting with the Weeb Ewbank in 1948, the final season of the franchise.
College Coaching Career
Professional Coaching Career
In 1961, Spencer was hired by the Houston Oilers as their offensive line coach under head coach Lou Rymkus. Despite winning the AFL championship the season before, the Oilers got off to a slow start and Rymkus was fired after a 1-3-1 beginning to the season. Replacing Rymkus was Wally Lemm, and the Oilers finished the season on a nine game winning streak. In 1962, Pop Ivy replaced Rymkus as the head coach. The Oilers made their third consecutive appearance in the AFL Championship, this time losing to the Dallas Texans.
After the 1962 season, the Oilers struggled through three straight losing seasons as they replaced the head coach after each of the seasons, changing from Pop Ivy (1963), to Sammy Baugh (1964), to Hugh Taylor (1965). After the 1965 season, Spencer left the Oilers.
Beginning in 1966, Spencer spent two seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos as their line coach, finishing third both seasons under head coach Neill Armstrong.
New York Jets
After his two-year stay in the CFL, Spencer returned to the NFL as the offensive line coach for the New York Jets, stretching from 1968-1970. During this time, the Jets, under the direction of head coach Weeb Ewbank, won Super Bowl III if 1968, the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl.
St. Louis Cardinals
After his successful three year stint with the Jets, Spencer took the offensive line coaching position with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. The Cardinals had an unsuccessful season under new head coach Bob Hollway, going 4-9-1.
Return to College
|Year||Franchise||Position||Wins / Losses / Ties||Playoff wins / Playoff losses||Championship win|
|1985||New Orleans Saints||Quality Control Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|1984||New Orleans Saints||Quality Control Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|1983||New Orleans Saints||Quality Control Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1982||New Orleans Saints||Offensive Line Coach||4-5-0||0-0|
|1981||New Orleans Saints||Offensive Line Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|1980||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1979||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|1978||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|1977||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||3-18-0||0-0|
|1976||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||5-9-0||0-0|
|1975||Kansas City Chiefs||Offensive Line Coach||5-9-0||0-0|
|1971||St. Louis Cardinals||Offensive Line Coach||4-9-1||0-0|
|1970||New York Jets||Offensive Line Coach||4-10-0||0-0|
|1969||New York Jets||Offensive Line Coach||10-4-0||0-1|
|1968||New York Jets||Offensive Line Coach||11-3-0||2-0|
|1965||Houston Oilers||Defensive Line Coach / Offensive Line Coach||4-10-0||0-0|
|1964||Houston Oilers||Offensive Line Coach||4-10-0||0-0|
|1963||Houston Oilers||Offensive Line Coach||6-8-0||0-0|
|1962||Houston Oilers||Line Coach / Offensive Line Coach||11-3-0||0-1|
|1961||Houston Oilers||Line Coach / Offensive Line Coach||10-3-1||1-0|