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JOE WEBB III

Joseph L. Webb III was born and raised in Birmingham, AL on November 14th, 1986 to Wanda Webb Moore and Joseph L. Webb Jr. . The youngest of five children, Webb was raised in a home in which athletics and hard work was the foundation of growing up. Initially, baseball was Webb’s first love, but by the age of ten he had found football to be his favorite sport. 

 

Webb joined the Central Park Little League Football Team and played throughout elementary and middle school. While his community was a place dominated by drugs and gang activity, Webb’s mother, Wanda, stayed on top of his studies and after school sport activities, in hopes that her son would achieve his dream and goals of becoming a professional football player. 

During middle school, aside from sports, Webb found a passion in music and arts. In sixth grade, Webb joined the band at Bush Middle School and learned to play saxophone, leaving room for football after school.

 

While attending Wenonah High School, Webb led the football team to the first round of state playoffs, eventually finishing third in the region. Webb set a school record for touchdowns in one game, and throwing four in a 415- yard passing performance, quickly earning the attention of college football scouts. By the end of his senior year, Webb had received scholarship offers from several universities, but ultimately made the decision to stay home and play football for University of Alabama in Birmingham. 

Webb enrolled at UAB in 2005 and was redshirted for the 2005 season.

In 2006, Webb did not get an opportunity to play until the 11th game at Southern Miss, but he was able to start the final two games of the season. During the season finale at University of Central Florida, he connected on 33-of-51 passes (64.7 percent) for 426 yards with one touchdown pass, a season high for any Blazer quarterback that year.

During the 2007 season, Webb saw extensive action, playing as a wide receiver, starting seven games and finishing the season with 30 receptions for 459 yards with three touchdown catches.

The 2008 season was Webb's first full season as UAB's quarterback, starting all 12 contests, where he passed the C-USA record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season with 1,021 yards. He was also ranked fourth in the nation for rushing yards for a quarterback. He was voted a permanent season team captain by his Blazer teammates at the end of the season. As a junior, Webb became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Webb was ranked in the top 12 nationally of three statistical categories: total offense (5th), rushing (10th) and passing efficiency (12th).

Webb finished his 2009 senior year season with 2,299 passing yards and 1,427 yards on the ground.[6]

For his career, Webb had 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards for a total of 8,545 offensive yards. He also registered 37 passing touchdowns, 24 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores. 

Working out as a wide receiver at UAB Pro Day, some of Webb's numbers would have led other wide receivers' at the NFL combine. His vertical jump of 42.5 inches (108 cm) was better than any turned in by a receiver, as was his standing long jump of 11 feet 5.5 inches (3.49 m). Webb's bench press—21 reps at 225 pounds (102 kg)—was the best at his position. Only one other receiver managed 20 reps at the same weight, according to UAB athletic department. Webb also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds

On April 24, 2010, Webb was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, 199th overall in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was originally drafted as a quarterback/wide receiver prospect, but then head coach Brad Childress announced that Webb would exclusively play quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

Webb's National Football League (NFL) debut was against the Buffalo Bills on December 5, 2010. He took the opening kickoff – becoming the first Vikings quarterback to return a kickoff – before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.

Webb made his professional debut at quarterback on December 13, 2010 against the New York Giants. He completed two-of-five attempts for eight yards and also had a 16-yard run.

Webb rushed for his first professional touchdown as quarterback on December 20, 2010, against the Chicago Bears in Minnesota. Filling in for an injured Brett Favre, he completed 15-of-26 passes for 129 yards, with two interceptions; he also had six rushing attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown.

On December 28, 2010, Webb made his first career start, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Scoring one rushing touchdown and throwing for 195 yards, he was 17-of-26 with no interceptions. Initially projected to lose by two touchdowns, the Vikings pulled off an upset win, 24–14. In the regular season finale against the Detroit Lions, he finished with 145 passing yards and an interception in the 20–13 loss.

In 2014, Webb signed with the Carolina Panthers. Even though he previously said in 2013 that he had no intention of playing as a quarterback again, when signed with the Panthers he has been the third string backup, and also used as a wide receiver.However, his predominant onfield role with the Panthers had been returning kickoffs.

In the 2015 season, Webb continued his role as a kick returner for the Panthers.

Webb was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50.

In the game, Webb was the team's kick returner as the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.

On September 4, 2017, Webb was signed by the Buffalo Bills.

 

Webb played in the wildcat formation for the Bills throughout the 2017 season, taking the reins as quarterback in the third quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10 after Nathan Peterman suffered a head injury.

The Bills won in overtime by a score of 13–7.

On April 5, 2018 Joe Webb III signed with the Houston Texans