Oct. 31, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California will hold its annual Joe Roth Memorial Football Game on Saturday as the Golden Bears host UCLA at 5 p.m. The annual Joe Roth Game celebrates the life and accomplishments of former Cal quarterback Joe Roth, an All-American in 1976 who lost his battle with cancer shortly after his Golden Bear career. Tickets are still available by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS or visiting CalBears.com.
As the California quarterback, Joe Roth directed the Golden Bears to an 8-3 record and the Pac-8 co-championship in 1975 when the Bears led the nation in total offense with an average of 458 yards per game. A top contender for the Heisman Trophy in 1976, Roth was an All-American in 1976 and one of the top-rated NFL prospects in the nation. He was selected to play in the Shrine, Hula and Japan postseason all-star games in January. However, he was fighting a losing battle with cancer. The Golden Bear great passed away in February of 1977, just a month after playing his final game. Roth's No. 12 is the only retired jersey in the history of Cal football and he is remembered with a special display in the Cal locker room.
On Saturday, Roth's parents, Larry and Lena, his brother, John, and niece, Ashley, will be joined by his former coach Mike White as honorary captains for the game.
Roth's mother, Lena, wrote a book about her son's life, titled "Joe: His Fight For Life." The book was written "so that other athletes might gain inspiration from Joe's life, for teenagers who might be floundering with no direction to their lives, and for cancer victims and their families, who, after reading about the Roth family's experiences and problems, may better cope with theirs."
The book will be available for $20 (cash only) prior to the game at a booth on the Maxwell Family Field, located outside the North entrance to Memorial Stadium.