Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Joe "Tarzan" Kendall

Joe "Tarzan" Kendall


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Kentucky State
  • High School: Owensboro, KY (Western Colored HS)
  • Years: 1933-1936
  • Inducted: 2007
  • Place of Birth: Owensboro, KY
  • Date of Birth: Oct 02, 1909
  • Place of Death: Owensboro, KY
  • Date of Death: Nov 25, 1965
  • Jersey Number: 25
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 171

Member Biography

�Tarzan� Joe Kendall was a versatile halfback who not only was a top-flight runner, place-kicker and punter but also was one of the best passers of his era. Kendall had the ability to use his running ability to avoid the rush buying himself time to find open receivers far downfield. In high school, Kendall played on a team that just came up short in the United States Negro High School championship game. His play earned him a place on the Negro High School All-America team. In 1932, Kendall attended West Kentucky College. While the school was considered a junior college, he was named a third team All-America with players from major schools. The following season he enrolled at Kentucky State. With the Thorobreds he played in a wide �open offense utilizing a spread formation known as the �Circle X.� At the end of his 1934 sophomore season every major selector of the day picked the undefeated Kentucky State team as national champions. In addition to the teams� great offensive abilities the Breds did not surrender a single touchdown over the course of the season. That year Joe captured the first of three consecutive black college All-America selections. A 9-1 season followed in 1935. A year after he completed his career he was named to the all-time Black College football team. Kendall then became an educator serving as a high school principal and coach.