Carl Joseph was born without a left leg to a single mother in a family of 11, but that did not discourage Carl, who became a three-sport star in high school. In basketball, he blocked opponents’ shots into the stands and could dunk at just 6’1″. He high jumped 5’10″ in Track and Field. In football, as a captain, he played nose tackle on defense and hopped to make tackles. He later went on to play college football at Bethune-Cookman College.