A highly touted prospect out of the University of Miami, defensive tackle William Joseph looked like a promising superstar for the New York Giants. The opportunity to line him up alongside Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan was exciting to say the least.
Unfortunately, the 25th-overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft was never able to live up to the expectations.
Joseph, who starred for the Hurricanes in college, as an all-around threat up the middle, stuffing the run and putting pressure on the quarterback, flopped when he got to East Rutherford. In four seasons with the G-Men, he started just 17 of 55 games played, recording 72 tackles and seven sacks. His performance was hardly ideal, as he was outplayed by Fred Robbins, who earned the starting job in 2003 and would reclaim it from Joseph during the 2005 season.
A season-ending injury prior to the 2007 NFL season ultimately brought his Giants career to a close. While he was able to “win” a Super Bowl ring that year, Joseph never saw the field. The following year, the Giants let him walk in free agency.
The final three years of Joseph’s career were not any less tumultuous. He was signed, cut and re-signed numerous times throughout his tenure with the Oakland Raiders, and he played in just 14 games between 2008 and 2009. He was finally released for the last time prior to the 2010 season.
In total, Joseph appeared in 69 games, recording 88 tackles and seven sacks (all of which came with the Giants). Though he has not officially retired, the former first-round pick has not been a member of an NFL roster since 2010 with Oakland.
In April of 2012, Joseph was arrested on federal charges alleging that he, along with two other former NFL players, filed false tax returns in other people’s names and then stole their refunds, according to the Miami Herald (via Pro Football Talk).