Joaquin Gonzalez Jr., president of Tire Group International LLC, was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Gonzalez Jr. is a former professional National Football League offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts.
A four-year starter, two-time All-American and one of the captains for Miami’s 2001 National Championship team, Gonzalez set a school record with his 49th consecutive start against Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl game.
As a freshman at the University of Miami, Gonzalez earned All-American honors and was the only offensive lineman in Big East history to be named Rookie of the Year. He earned All-American honors in 2000 as a junior and again in 2001.
That same year Gonzalez was the recipient of William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly the Vincent de Paul Draddy Trophy, which is referred to as the “Academic Heisman”.
Gonzalez earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a MBA. He was a three-time recipient of the Mariutto Family Scholar Athlete of the Year award (1998, 2000, 2001) and the 1999 Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship winner, given annually by the UM Sports Hall of Fame.
He attended Columbus High School in Miami, Fla. and was named Student Athlete of the Year. As a senior, Gonzalez was named as Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and was an Honorable Mention All-Dade County selection.
Watch Gonzalez' induction speech below. He was part of the 48th Hall of Fame class, but spoke at the 49th Hall of Fame induction banquet in 2017.
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