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Athletic Hall of Fame

Joseph M. McShea

Joseph M. McShea


At Rochester:

  • Played on the 1920 and 1921 football teams at right tackle, center, and right guard
  • Earned Little All-American at right tackle
  • Heavyweight wrestler, and named captain during his sophomore year
  • Threw the discus, shot put, and javelin on the track team and competed in the Penn Relays
  • Two years of interclass and intramural basketball
  • Captain of interclass baseball
  • Frosh Frolic Committee
  • Soph Hop Committee
  • Soph Joll
  • Wearer of the R


  • Forced to leave the UR because of financial reasons after his sophomore year
  • Signed with the NFL's Rochester Jeffersons in 1923
  • Received a letter from Pete Rozelle congratulating him as being one of the pioneers of the NFL
  • Main event boxer and wrestler in Central and Western New York fighting as "Irish Joe McShea" or "Farmer Joey McShea"
  • Sportswriter George Beahon says of his athletic accomplishments, "McShea's name belongs in the very top echelon of all-time Rochester athletes, amateur or professional."
  • Inducted into the Section V Football Hall of Fame
  • Passed away on December 21, 1985 leaving his 2 children and 12 grandchildren