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.
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, 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.