Joe Earl Bostic Jr. was born April 20, 1957, in Greensboro. He graduated from Ben L. Smith High School, where he starred in football, wrestling and track and field – in short, every sport in which he participated.
As a senior in 1975, he captured the state’s heavyweight wrestling championship. And in that spring’s state track and field meet, he placed fourth in the shot put. But it was his performance on the football field the previous fall – as well as the two falls before that – where his athletic excellence drew the most attention.
He was a stud offensive lineman (and a standout defensively as well), earning all-state honors and, following his senior season, invitations to play in both the N.C.-S.C. Shrine Bowl and the East-West All-Star Game.
Bostic had numerous college offers, and Clemson was the winner, benefitting from Joe’s talents and well as younger brother Jeff, who’d arrive a year later. The Bostics helped invigorate the Tigers’ program as Joe earned All-ACC honors in 1977 and 1978 and was named an All-America each season. Following his senior year, he was chosen to play in the Hula Bowl.
In April 1979, he was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He went to play his entire 11-year pro career with the franchise, moving with the team when it relocated to Arizona in 1988. In 1986, he was the Cardinals’ nominee for the Miller/NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year.
After retiring from the NFL, Joe returned to Greensboro and earned his general contractor’s License. Along with Jeff, he founded Bostic Brothers Construction, Inc. that same year. The focus of their company was multi-family development and construction.
In 2003, under Joe’s leadership, Bostic Brothers Construction, Inc. became the second largest multi-family construction company in America. Within a 12-year period (1990-2002), Bostic Brothers Construction built approximately 20,000 multi-family units while producing in excess of $1 billion in economic development throughout the southeastern United States.
While building a thriving company, Joe Bostic was elected to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 1992. He was unanimously elected chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 1997 and 1998. In 1995, he humbly received the very prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Award from the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Bostic has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. That same year, he was selected as a member of the Clemson University All-Centennial Team. In 2002, he was honored as one of the top-50 players to the All-Time ACC 50th Anniversary Team. In 2008, he was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame; in 2010, he was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. His No. 77 has been retired by Smith High School.
Bostic has been married to Jami Bostic since 1993. They have been blessed with three children: Jennifer, Kathryn and Mark. They maintain homes in Greensboro and Isle of Palms, S.C.
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