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Joe Faragalli (April 18, 1929 in Philadelphiamarker – April 10, 2006) was a football player and coach who had most of his success in the Canadian Football League.

Faragalli played Guard at Villanova Universitymarker from 1950-1953, and was the team captain all four years. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 12th round (138 overall pick) of the 1954 NFL Draft. He served four years in Germanymarker with the United States Army and went on to coach college football in the United Statesmarker.

Known affectionately throughout the CFL as "Papa Joe," Faragalli joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1967 as an offensive coach. In 1981, he became head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy as Coach of the Year.

Faragalli's greatest CFL coaching achievement, in 1987, almost never happened. He began that year as coach of the Montreal Alouettes, but the franchise ceased operations days before the start of the season. After Jackie Parker resigned as Edmonton Eskimos coach two games into the year due to health reasons, Faragalli was hired and led the team to a Grey Cup win against the Toronto Argonauts.

The Eskimos played in the 1990 Grey Cup game under Faragalli, but lost to Winnipeg. He coached the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991.

During the 1980s, he worked as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. His son Mike also coached in the CFL.

Faragalli died in Narragansett, Rhode Islandmarker on April 10, 2006, of heart failure only one week before his 77th birthday and approximately one month before his 50th wedding anniversary.


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