Rhea County Football Legend: Joe Oggs found dead

Joseph Oggs (May 2, 1974 - September 10, 2018) (photo: Facebook)

One of the most decorated running backs in Rhea County Football history, Joe Oggs, was found dead in a field near his parents home on Gillespie Road in Spring City.

Joe Oggs (1992 Aerie RCHS Yearbook)

The call came in Tuesday evening when his body was reported to a have been found by his mother.  Joe hadn’t been seen for a couple of days and the cause of death is still unknown.

“In this line of work, we don’t guess, we stick to the facts,” stated Detective Chris Hall of the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.

Hall confirmed that an autopsy will be performed and expects the results to be available in several weeks.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Oggs family,” Hall added with utmost respect.

“We always hate to see tragedies of this nature.”

Joe Oggs (1992 Aerie RCHS Yearbook)

Joe, an RCHS Class of 1992 grad, earned multiple player of the week awards and countless accolades for his achievements on the field.

Joe was a gifted back with God-given talents.  He always ran north and south with a rare mix of speed and crushing power.

He continued his gridiron career at Tennessee Tech where he played from 1993-95.

Joseph Oggs will be missed dearly by friends, family, and the Rhea County community as a whole.

Joe Oggs shown here in a newspaper clipping with teammate Adam Simms with hardware from their senior football banquet. (Facebook: Original photo taken by long-time Rhea County sports writer, Terry Goins.)
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  1. Joe was a true leader on and off the field. He was a friend to many at RCHS, respected by teachers and administrators, admired by his peers and trusted by all. You didn’t have to play football for Joe to know you – and it seemed as if everyone knew him too… he was funny, always had a cool way about him, a Hollywood smile and a work ethic that inspired many. Joe had a special way of uniting people… truly an All American! Joe – may your spirit ride on the wings of Eagles forever soaring over the field where you were immortalized, and where you gave us many great football memories!

  2. First of all, my prayers out to the Family…Although I’m from N.C., I practically grew up with Jason, Joe and Shon in the Summers at Cedine. Joe was always a quiet guy and carried himself well even though he did take all the girls lol…Rest In Peace Brother….See you on the other side…

  3. Joe is my fraternity brother and was good friend while we were at Tenn Tech. While I have not seen Joe in many years this still hurts. I was very disheartened to hear about his passing and wish peace and blessings upon him and his family.

  4. Wow I can’t believe this joe that’s sad news about you I’m so sorry fly high your gonna be missed by many people I hope they can find out what’ve happened.


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