Joe '747' Adams - Quarterback - 1982-83 - Tennessee State
Tennessee State Sports Information - 24-08-2012
Joe Adams arrived on the TSU campus in 1977, and left as one of the
school's most celebrated quarterbacks.
Adams joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1982 and had a great first season. He threw for over 3,300 yards, had 19 touchdowns and started all 16 games.
excerpt CFL Illustrated 1983 - Air Patrol - Bob Hughes
You could call the offence of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Air Faragelli, and its pilot is appropriately nicknamed, 747. Together, head coach Joe Faragelli and quarterback Joe (747) Adams gave the Canadian Football League one of the most exciting aerial shows of the 1982 season. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to make the Western Division playoffs.
If there was anything which significantly marked Faragelli's second season as head coach of the Roughriders, it was that he gave the ball to a rookie quarterback and let him learn the game, under fire.
Adams came to the Roughriders after having passed through the San Francison 49ers and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Big and strong, with a gun for an arm, Faragelli thought he saw something of Warren Moon in him.
And that was all he needed.
Form virtually the beginning of training camp in 1982, Adams seemed to be the light in Faragelli's eyes.
And, the aerial circus was off and ... throwing.
With receivers such as Joey Walters, Dwight Edwards and Chris DeFrance and an offensive line which was sound, secure and experienced and perhaps most of all - just about all Canadian and Saskatchewan offence filled the air with footballs.
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