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Joe Horn
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: January 16, 1972 (1972-01-16) (age 38)
Place of birth: Tupelo, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Itawamba CC
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135
Debuted in 1995 for the Memphis Mad Dogs
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2007
Receptions     603
Receiving Yards     8,744
Receiving TDs     58
Stats at

Joseph Horn (born January 16, 1972 in Tupelo, Mississippi) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Itawamba Community College.


Early years

Horn attended Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he played for legendary coach Bob Paroli. He stood out as a quarterback, tailback,wide receiver, and punter. He was only voted to the Mid-South 4A All-Star team as a punter. Horn was also a standout basketball player in which he started every game for the Douglas Byrd Eagles as a point guard. Horn originally signed with the University of South Carolina, but his academic performance and SAT score prevented him from playing college football. Horn is married with five children.

College career

Horn played two years of college football (1991–1992) at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. At Intawamba, he picked up 54 catches for 878 yards and seven touchdowns as a wide receiver and a punt returner. He returned to Fayetteville after achieving little success at Intawamba and worked at a Bojangles' restaurant with his mother.

Professional career

Shreveport Pirates

Horn was signed as a free agent out of College by the CFL Shreveport Pirates in May 1995.

Memphis Mad Dogs

Horn was traded by the Shreveport Pirates to the Memphis Mad Dogs in June 1995.

Kansas City Chiefs

Horn was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He was mainly relegated to special teams and reserve duty at WR during his four seasons with the Chiefs. In his years there, he garnered 879 yards on 53 receptions with seven touchdowns, starting only two games. The New Orleans Saints acquired Horn as a free agent in 2000.

New Orleans Saints

Given a starting role with the Saints, "Hollywood", a nickname he picked up while with the Kansas City Chiefs for his particular style of dress and carries to this day, quickly proved himself to be a premiere NFL receiver. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl four out of his six years with the Saints, and holds franchise records for receiving yards (1399), and receiving touchdowns (11-shared with Marques Colston) in a single season. Horn is also the Saints' all-time leader in 100 yard receiving games at 27. Horn had career year in 2004 with his 1399 receiving yards being second most in the league. His total was only six yards behind Carolina Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad. The Saints signed Horn to a six-year contract extension in 2005. On March 1, 2007, the New Orleans Saints asked the now 35-year old receiver (who had suffered a groin injury in the 2006 season and had consistent hamstring injuries in the past) for a pay cut. He refused and asked to be released. He was cut soon after his request.

On October 29, 2006, Horn became the New Orleans Saints' record holder for most touchdown receptions.

Atlanta Falcons

In early March 2007, Joe Horn started negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a 4-year, $15 million contract with Atlanta. Later, in 2008, he requested to be traded from the team saying he didn't want to be a "just-in-case guy" for the Falcons. [1] On August 19, 2008, the Falcons cut him. [2] In his only season with the Falcons he made 27 receptions for 243 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. Joe did not catch on with a team in the 2008 season. He had interest in joining the Lions, however they passed. He recently worked out for the Titans and the New York Giants.


Always a spirited and outspoken player, Horn gained notoriety for a stunt he pulled on national television on ESPN Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants in the 2003 season. After scoring his second touchdown in a game in which he would score four, he pulled a cell phone with the help of fellow team-mate Michael Lewis out from underneath the goalpost padding and called his two sons to tell them he scored a touchdown. Horn's prank drew a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and a $30,000 fine by the NFL. He later stated that he did not realize what he had done right away. His wife would not let his children attend the game because it was too late at night, so he wanted to tell them he scored a touchdown.[3]

Supporting the community

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Horn has been very supportive of the people of New Orleans and the entire Gulf region. As the leader of the Saints, he has served as the public face of the team in many community events in recent months. He frequently visited evacuees in both San Antonio and the Houston Astrodome during the aftermath of Katrina. He has criticized the NFL for not making a greater effort to care for the future of the Saints during this time of crisis.


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