After a standout career at Ruston High, Joe came to Tech and not only played on four straight winners but also helped the Bulldogs win four consecutive conference championships. An outstanding offensive guard and linebacker, Joe made the all-Gulf States Conference second team as a sophomore when he was actually a non-starter and then was a first team pick as a junior and senior. He was also selected to the Williamson all-America squad in both 1958 and 1960. Hinton was a major contributor on the 1959 time that produced one of the finest seasons in school history, a 9--1 campaign which included six shutouts while allowing just 48 points the entire season. Joe served as a team captain his senior campaign and participated in the Blue-Gray all-star contest after that season. He was then drafted by the Houston Oilers, but a shoulder injury during the preseason camp halted a possible pro career. Joe was later honored as member of the Louisiana all-decade team of the 1950s, chosen as both an offensive guard and linebacker by state sportswriters. The youngest Hinton brother went on to earn his master's degree from University of Northern Colorado in 1966. He later taught in the education department at Tech from 1966 through 1978.