Abel Joe, the former three-sport star whose name often tops the list of the best all-around athletes in Coatesville history, has died at the age of 64, writes Pete Digiovanni for the Daily Local News.
Joe excelled at football, basketball, and track and field during his time at Coatesville. In 1972, he won the coveted Maxwell Award as the best football player in the area. As a senior, he earned All-Ches-Mont League honors in all three sports and participated in the Big 33 game.
“He was just an awesome athlete,” said Jim “Scoogie” Smith, a former coach of the Coatesville boys basketball team.
Joe was also two-time Ches-Mont League champion in shot put and discus. In college, Joe played football at Cheyney University. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys, but an injury derailed his professional career.
“Abel Joe was a name we heard about way up in Harrisburg and Steelton when I was growing up,” said Coatesville football coach Matt Ortega. “He was a legend.”
Read more about Abel Joe in the Daily Local News here.