September 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm #28227
I have been a fan of Hawk football for a long time…..but maybe not long enough!
The other day I happened to catch an online article about the Millersville Univ QB, JJ Paige. I now live in the Lancaster area, so I do follow some local schools here as well.
He mentioned that his father, Jeff Paige, was a record setting QB at Lehigh and went on to play for the Denver Broncos. I know quite a few Hawks have had big league opportunities, but I didn’t recognize his name. So I tried to Google, then tried various other searches and I couldn’t even find this guy at all.
Does anyone recall a JJ or Jeff Paige as the QB, probably from the late 70’s-early 80’s?
This is really weird. No mention of any Lehigh players on the Broncos….ever.
Someone……anyone????September 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm #28228
He does not ring a bell. I’ve been to games since late 70’s and was a qb ’91-93. He’s not in the record books that I remember, Kempa, Semptimphelter, Borda, Stambaugh, Lum, McQuilkin, Sterrett, Harris, MGowan, Hall, Michalski, Semler all guys off top of my head in my lifetime, played behind Kempa and Sempti who both had went into NFl camps, Sempti stuch awhile with Dallas, and they were two of the best in my mind.September 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm #28229
This is also on the Millersville Football website….referring to JJ Paige.
If this isnt true, all I can so is WOW..!!!!!
And thanks for the info.
“In one year, Paige has gone from back up to the unquestioned leader of the team. Paige was born for this role, though. His father, Jeff, was a record-setting quarterback at Lehigh and spent some time with the Denver Broncos. J.J., or Jeffrey Jr., has his toughest coach and greatest supporter in his father.
“All of my football knowledge and ability comes from my father,” said Paige. “He’s my mentor. I talk to him every night. He goes through film with me. He really teaches me a lot. He’s never pressured me to play. It’s just always been in my blood. I’ve always loved the game and he’s nurtured that. He would always wait for me to want to go to the gym or do footwork or watch film. From sixth grade on we would do three nights a week at the Y doing footwork. We are a great team. Where I am today, I put it all on him.”September 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm #28230
This seems to be a rather bizarre story. I have closely followed Lehigh FB since 1969. I can name every star QB since then and would recognize the name of every QB who never made it. Paige is not one of them. His name also does not show up on the Broncos all-time roster.September 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm #28231
Thats what I was saying….his name not only doesn’t appear in LU sports, it doesn’t with Denver either…
Well, again, thanks for helping me realize I’m not crazy.
and lets hope Shafnisky has another day like last Saturday!!!September 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm #28232September 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm #28233
Also, a Jeff Paige holds the record for “most interceptions thrown, returned for a touchdown” (7) in the 1988 season for the Chambersburg Cardinals in something called the American Football Association.
One in the same? I’m guessing unlikely. And the Jeff Paige who QB’d Chambersburg that year…..probably doesn’t want any reminders.September 20, 2016 at 3:04 am #28237
Did some looking thru old Medis Guides and South Mountaineers. No mention there of a Paige. While memories can fade, I can name most every QB who got on the field for us back to the early 60s. I dont remember a Paige.September 20, 2016 at 11:35 am #28239
J.J is a trans man as is too often the case under-represented in the media, online communities and elsewhere. Please respect his privacy and allow the family to discuss his true identity when they are ready.September 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm #28240
Respect his privacy????
I simply asked for verification. Claims of college stardom and a stint in the NFL were made.
I didn’t realize I had uncovered a CIA
operative with a secret identity.September 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm #28241
The page on Millersville site has been edited:
In one year, Paige has gone from back up to the unquestioned leader of the team. Paige was born for this role, though. His father, Jeff, was also a quarterback who attended Lehigh. J.J., or Jeffrey Jr., has his toughest coach and greatest supporter in his father.
Maybe an honest mistake, somehow? If the LinkedIn page and photo are over-the-top, I’ll delete that post. Was annoyed by what appeared to be a dishonest claim.September 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm #28242
I just saw that.. (the original article was edited).
However, claims of being a “record setting QB” and having been a member (active, reserve, injured, practice squad et al) of the Denver Broncos is not merely an honest mistake. “My dad threw 25 TD passes in one season, when it was really 24″…ok that would be an honest mistake. Saying he was on the team and a “record setter” at that,….sorry…that’s a total lie. You can’t just say or write something and not be subjected to some fact finding.
I don’t want to beat this dead horse. Obviously someone here or at Millersville felt the same and contacted the writer of the article. And that’s all I have to say about that..!!!!!
Go HAWKS!!September 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm #28247
I didn’t see the original Millersville bio (since edited, apparently), but assuming that there was something about record-setting Lehigh passer, Denver Broncos, etc., there was obviously something wrong there because the history at starting QB from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s is pretty well-established: Steve Kreider, Kim McQuilken, Larry Michalski, Tony Semler/Bill Rambo, Marty Horn. If Paige was on the roster during this time, and I’m not saying he wasn’t, he would have been a backup.September 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm #28250
my post above quoted from the article on the MU website.
But the fact that it’s been removed, answers all of my questions.September 20, 2016 at 11:27 pm #28252
Steve Kreider wasn’t a QB…he was a WR
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