Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1977 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

No. 68
Michigan State
"He was on the All-Pro team for the second time. O.J. calls Joe and fellow guard Reggie McKenzie 'my main men.'
Joe has a degree in criminal justice from Michigan State."

-John Devaney, Pro Football Guide 1977

"Sportswriters wish he'd change his name to Joe D. Defensive tackles wish he'd find another line of work. Joe is extremely durable and a tremendous straight-ahead blocker. A Pro Bowler the past two years and regarded as one of the best guards in the NFL, he's responsible for a lot of those big bucks in O.J.'s pocket.
Born in Detroit and one of ten children, Joe learned to be competitive at an early age. He was three times an All-Big Ten choice and his major at Michigan State was criminal law. A first round draft choice in 1973, Joe has been the starter since the first game of his rookie year and has lived up to expectations."

-Rich Kucner, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1977 Edition

"For the second year in a row, Joe was the Bills' most honored lineman. He was a consensus All-Pro selection, and for the second year in a row, picked to play in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, this year as a starter. Joe was selected by the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers as the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Two years of honors make him the most recognized Buffalo lineman since Billy Shaw.
In four straight years he has started every game and now ranks as one of the top guards in the NFL. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team by UPI in 1973, Joe was one of two number one draft choices [for Buffalo] in 1973.
Joe was an offensive guard and a tackle for Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State. He was three times an All-Big 10 choice and made the All-America team as a senior. Selected UPI Lineman of the Week following the 1972 Michigan State-Purdue game, Joe earned invitations to the North-South Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Joe's Michigan State major was criminal justice and he spent one winter working with the Erie County Sheriff's Department. In the last two years he has worked in the off-season with a bank. He's one of the best raquetball players on the squad and also enjoys golf. Joe comes from a family of 10 children."

-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Guide

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