I just ran a search for Joe McIntosh and I have rarely been more embarrassed than when I learned that McIntosh has only been mentioned once in the entire history of the blog. (But, at least he got thrown into a fantastic historical entry that you should read.)
Joe McIntosh is one of my all-time favorite Wolfpackers who just happened to come along right after the greatest running back in Atlantic Coast Conference history – obviously, Ted Brown. McIntosh wore #43 with pride, and for a young kid like me who was already enamored with a #43 from the basketball court – Hawkeye Whitney – you can imagine what quickly became my favorite number!
When it was time for me to play basketball in junior high school – one year after Lorenzo Charles’ #43 had slammed home the 1983 National Basketball Championship – an older player on the team already was wearing #43. So, I inverted the number and took #34 and never wore a different number in any organized game that followed through high school, intramurals and even church leagues. So, now you know the origin of the infamous “JB34” and you can partly blame one of NC State’s best, Joe McIntosh.
McIntosh went on to be a standout running back for N.C. State, where he was the ACC Rookie of the Year with 1,190 yards rushing. He ended his career with 3,642 yards, which remains No. 2 on N.C. State’s list of career rushers behind Ted Brown.
He still maintains ties with the Wolfpack, going to the spring game with his son and a chance to meet with the players.
McIntosh was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1985, but that experience never panned out. He played briefly for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987 during the strike year, but nothing much came of that, either. He appeared in two games, rushed for a total of 11 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards.
His most significant contribution, as it turned out, is in education. He is at Forsyth Technical Community College, where he is the director for the Student Success Center as well as director of Off-Campus Student services for the past five years. He’s been involved in the North Carolina Community College system for 23 years, including a 13-year stint at Davidson County Community College.