Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1978 Profile: Joe DeLamielleure

Guard
No. 68
Michigan State
"Joe D.; let's leave it at that. All-Pro the last two years, the second time made Joe feel great because he did it without for O.J. Simpson for most of the season.
An outstanding blocker, both in run and pass situations, he's been a starter since '73, when the Bills drafted him in the first round. Reggie McKenzie was O.J.'s 'main man,' but Joe D. is considered the better guard. He gives juice to the 'Electric Company,' which gave juice to the Juice.
Born in Detroit, Joe lives in Center Line, Michigan even though he plays just to the right of center. One of 10 children, he was an outstanding lineman at Michigan State and in the East-West Shrine Game. Joe works as a banker in the off-season."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1978 Edition

"In 1977, for the third consecutive season, Joe was the Bills' most honored offensive lineman. He was accorded All-Pro recognition last season and saw action in the Pro Bowl at Tampa last January.
In five straight years with the Bills, Joe has started every game and now ranks as one of the most outstanding guards in pro football. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team for the 1973 season in a poll taken by UPI, he was an offensive guard and tackle in college.
Joe is one of the best racquetball players on the Bills' squad."

-1978 Topps, No. 20

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