Joe Cribbs was born on January 5, 1958 in Sulligent, Alabama. He first came into the spotlight as a two-time "Parade Magazine" Prep All-American at Sulligent. Moving on to Auburn, Cribbs became the third all-time Auburn rusher, trailing only Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson and All-Pro James Brooks. A second round draft selection by the Buffalo Bills in 1980, Cribbs exploded on the NFL scene with an All Pro James Brooks. In 1984 Cribbs moved to the USFL in Birmingham where he was a unanimous All USFL selection and Running Back of the Year while leading Birmingham to the playoffs for the first time. Cribbs states, "One of the highlights of my career was getting to play two seasons in Birmingham." There he was able to perform brilliantly before his friends and family. Cribbs presently lives in Birmingham and is a local businessman.