Joe McCutheon


An import centre, McCutcheon had a short CFL career with the Alouettes in 1953 after playing collegiately with Washington & Lee University.  W&L was a very small school that decided to compete athletically with far larger schools and did so with surprising success. They were among the first schools to adopt the split T offensive formation and in 1951 the Generals (with McCutcheon as co-captain)played in the Gator Bowl, losing to Wyoming. W&L became infamous after McCutcheon left as a result of several cheating scandals, and subsequently reduced its football program from Division I to Division III, a level more in line with an enrolment of less than 2,000 students. A star in the NCAA, McCutcheon had less success in the pro ranks. He was drafted 129th overall by the Steelers in 1951 but failed to make the team.  After serving a stint in the US Army in 1952, he joined the Alouettes briefly for the start of the 1953 season before being released on September 8, 1953. In 1953, teams could keep only 12 imat the start of September, and McCutcheon was #13 on the list.  He got a short reprieve due to an injury to tackle Jim Staton. McCutcheon was elected to the Washington & Lee University Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Joe McCutcheon passed away on July 27, 2004.

[Bio by Wes Cross]

Joe McCutheon on the Washington & Lee Website

Joe McCutheon in the 1951 Gator Bowl

Injury to Staton Means McCutcheon Likely to Stick - August 28, 1953

Year Team GP
1953 MON 1

Joe McCutheon

Joe McCutheon