Joe was drafted by both the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals and the American Football League's New York Jets. He was drafted 12th overall by the Cardinals and first overall by the Jets.
Joe thoroughly analysed both draught offers. He requested a $200,000 salary and a brand new Lincoln Continental from the Cardinals.
In 1975, he signed a new deal that set a new record. The Jets offered him a two-year, $900,000 contract. That would be the equivalent of $4.3 million now, or $2.15 million each year.