Joseph was born in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He attended Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida, where he was a four-year letterman in football for the Raiders. He was a two-time All-state selection (Class AAA) as a junior and senior, as well as an All-region selection.
In addition to football, Joseph also lettered three-times in both Powerlifting and track, earning a total of 10 varsity letters. In Powerlifting, Joseph recorded lifts of 415 (bench press) and 560 (squat). As a junior, he captured the Florida State Bench Press Championship with 415 pounds and the Florida State Weightlifting Championship with a 320 pound clean jerk. In track & field, Joseph was one of the state’s top performers in the throwing events with personal-bests of 17.13 meters (56’2.75″) in the shot put and 48.41 meters (158’10”) in the discus.
Joseph attended East Carolina University from 2007 to 2009. During his collegiate career, he totaled 143 tackles, including 29.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He was named first-team All-Conference USA (C-USA) as a junior in 2009.
Freshman season (2007)
See also: 2007 East Carolina Pirates football team
As a true freshman, Joseph played in all 13 games with four starts, recording 40 overall total tackles (13 solo, 27 assists). His 8.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards ranked fourth on the team, while his five quarterback hurries ranked fourth. He was part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 rushing yards or less. He notched his first career start against #5 West Virginia in the fourth week of the season, finishing with four total tackles. He made his collegiate debut on national television in the season opener at Virginia Tech but was not credited with any statistics in the game. His first career sack (half) came against Southern Miss for a 3-yard loss. He also recovered a fumble in that game against the Eagles. On November 10, he collected a season-high eight tackles (three solo, five assists) in the Pirates’ loss at Marshall. He was named to the 2007 Conference USA All-Freshman Team by the media and coaches.
In 2005, he captured the district and regional titles in the shot put and the discus. He advanced to the state finals in the shot put and discus as a junior and senior; in 2006, he placed 3rd in the shot put and 2nd in the discus, and as a senior, he won the state title in the shot put. He was also timed at 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Joseph was featured in the 2007 Rivals Recruiting Yearbook. He was rated as the 44th-ranked defensive tackle nationally and 59th-ranked recruit out of the state of Florida. He was considered among the region’s top prospects and among the top 500 overall prospects in the country (deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on a college team). He was viewed as the 76th-ranked overall recruit in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine.
Sophomore season (2008)
See also: 2008 East Carolina Pirates football team
As a sophomore in 2008, Joseph was among East Carolina top 10 tacklers, finishing with a total of 43 stops, with eight of those coming behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 34 yards. He played in all 14 games and opened the last nine consecutive contests on the inside of the Pirates’ defensive front. He posted six or more stops in three of the last four games and was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection by the league coaches. He helped the Pirates’ defensive unit hold three opponents to under 100 rushing yards and two opponents to less than 100 passing yards, while forcing a total of 33 turnovers that ranked seventh in the nation. He opened the year as a preseason All-Conference USA selection by analyst Phil Steele, despite missing much of fall camp due to a back injury, which came after losing +70 pounds following the 2007 campaign. He made his first start of the year against Virginia on October 11 and never left the starting lineup for the remainder of the year. On December 6, he enjoyed a career-high nine-tackle performance against Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game, which also included a forced fumble and a batted pass. In the third quarter, he dropped Golden Hurricane quarterback David Johnson behind the line on a rush where he forced his first career fumble on a third-and-five play. He then followed with seven stops against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, a career-best three resulting in lost yardage. He was also credited with a pair of blocked extra-point attempts against the Wildcats.
Junior season (2009)
See also: 2009 East Carolina Pirates football team
In the 2009 season, Joseph appeared in all 14 games. He recorded 60 tackles, three sacks, 13 tackles-for-loss, and one pass defended. Following his junior season in 2009, Joseph announced his intention to forgo his remaining eligibility at East Carolina and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
New York Giants
Joseph in 2012
Joseph was drafted by the New York Giants with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed with the Giants on July 31, 2010. Joseph played for the Giants from 2010-2013, starting 46 of 53 regular-season games. He also started all four of the Giants’ victories in their 2011 Super Bowl run when they held Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco, and New England to an average of 14 points per game.
On March 11, 2014, Joseph signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $3 million signing bonus, $12.5 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6.25 million. In 2015, Joseph will earn a base salary of $3.9 million and a workout bonus of $100,000. Joseph has a cap hit of $4.6 million while his dead money value is $6.1 million.