Knox County Booster Club Sponsors Retirement Of Terry Joyce Number
By David Sharp
Knox County Athletic Booster Club secretary Nancy Averill has informed the Edina Sentinel that the number ten, worn by former NFL player Terry Joyce will be retired at halftime of the Knox County varsity football home opener, September 9 with North Shelby.
“We should have done this years ago,” Nancy Averill said in a press release to the Edina Sentinel. Mrs. Averill serves as President of the Knox County R-I Board of Education.
The KC Booster Club plans to sponsor a plaque and a commerative jersey to be presented to the Joyce family.
Terry Joyce played football, basketball, baseball, golf, as well as track and field while attending Knox County High School from 1968 to 1972.
There is also discussion of placing a marquis near the entrance of the Knox County R-I campus east of Edina in memory of Terry Joyce, the only NFL player to date in school history.
The marquis would highlight district events similar to other area school districts.
According to research provided by Quincy Herald-Whig sportswriter Frank Cash, Terry Joyce is one of five men ever to play in the NFL from the Herald-Whig coverage area.
Milan native Cal Hubbard would be the second NEMO National Football League player.
Cal Hubbard is the only man enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
The number retirement was timed to coincide with the 25th Anniversary Knox County Corn Festival. Knox County football alumni, as well as teammates of the late Terry Joyce are encouraged to attend the Eagle’s Tri-Rivers Conference football opener.
Terry Joyce died June 17, 2011 in St. Charles, Missouri as a result of brain cancer. There will be a moment of silence honoring the memory of one of the great athletes in school history prior to the 7PM kickoff.