Football Star. As a collegian at Tennessee State University, Gilliam's skills, #12, and demeanor were reminiscient of pro star "Broadway Joe" Namath. Gilliam became "Jefferson Street Joe" in honor of a street near campus. As a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gilliam became one of the first black quarterbacks to start an NFL game and had a winning record as a starting quarterback, but his career was tragically impaired and shortened by personal problems, including chemical substance addiction.
Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett