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Encyclopedia > Joe DeLamielleure
Joe DeLamielleure
Offensive guard
Jersey #:
Date of birth: March 16, 1951 (1951-03-16) (age 56)
Place of birth: Flag of the United States Detroit, MI
Career information
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick 26
College: Michigan State
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Awards NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Honors Buffalo Bills WOF

All-Pro 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
2nd Team All-Pro 1974, 83
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1973-1979, 1985
Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2003

Joseph Michael DeLamielleure (born March 16, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football offensive lineman who was an All-American at Michigan State. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round, in 1973. He won All-Rookie Honors, after finding out a physical condition with his irregular heartbeat was not serious. In 1973 the Buffalo Bills rushing offense led NFL in yards, yards per carry, as well as rushing touchdowns. For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Browns redirects here. ... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champions: Paul Hamm, USA, Yang Wei, China Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: USA April 13 — Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: William Kiplagat (KEN) 2:07:42 Women... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... This article is about the U.S. State. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... An offensive lineman (football) is one of a group of positions in American football. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Michigan State University is a university in East Lansing, Michigan near the state capital of Lansing. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...

DeLamielleure was perhaps the central figure in the "Electric Company," the Bills' offensive line that paved the way for O.J. Simpson to rush for 2,003 yards in 1973, the first player ever to break that barrier, and the only player ever to do so in a 14-game schedule. Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ...

The league leading rushing yardage mark of 3088 yards is still the 14-game record. Only the 1978 New England Patiots have bettered that mark and did it in 16 games. Individually, O. J. Simpson led the NFL in all four major rushing categories, a "quadruple crown". He also had the longest run in the NFL. The 2003 Yards Simpson rushed for is still the 14 game record. Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis achieved their marks in 16 games. Joe was also on the kickoff return team that blocked for Wallace Francis, who led NFL with 2 TD returns. DeLamielleure played on the wedge of the kickoff return team his entire career in Buffalo. Eric Dickerson (born September 2, 1960 in Sealy, Texas) was a professional running back in the National Football League (NFL) who in his career played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders, and Atlanta Falcons. ... Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the... Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972 in San Diego, California) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League from 1995 to 2001. ...

The following year, 1974, the Bills improved to 9-5 and made the playoffs. DeLamielleure was voted second-team All-Pro. In 1975 the Bills displayed one of most potent offenses of the decade. They lead NFL in eleven categories, including total offense, rushing, rushing average, points, touchdowns and touchdown passes en route to an 8-6 record. The offensive line also allowed the fewest sacks in AFC. Simpson, behind the "Electric Company" achieves his second "quadruple crown" in three years and also had longest run in NFL. Individually, DeLamielleure is named First-team All-Pro.

  • 1976 Simpson again leads NFL in rushing and DeLamielleure is named First-team All-Pro.
  • 1977 With Simpson injured at mid-season, Bills pass more often and lead NFL in Passing Yards and throw the most passes in NFL.
  • 1978 With Simpson traded, Bills running back Terry Miller takes over and is 9th in the NFL in rushing.

Six times he was named All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl six times. In 1975 he was named by the NFLPA as Offensive Lineman of the Year. In 1973 he was Co-Offensive Linemen of the Year as awarded by the 1000 Yard Rusher Club, Columbus, Ohio. In 1977 Joe received Forrest Gregg Award as NFL's Top Offensive Lineman. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ...

In 1980 DeLamielleure was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he blocks for his 2nd NFL MVP, Brian Sipe. DeLaimiellure becomes first player ever to block for a 2,000 yard rusher and a 4,000 yard passer. Of those who have done it since, (Jackie Slater, Doug Smith, Irv Pankey, Kevin Glover, and Tom Nalen) only Joe D's duo were NFL MVPs and the passer (Sipe) also won the NFL passing crown. Also, the 1980 Browns offensive line led NFL in allowing the lowest sacks percentage and blocked for a 1000 yard runner (Mike Pruitt). During his five years with Cleveland, he played every game. In 1979 he was named the NFL's All-Decade Team. He played his final year in the NFL, 1985, back with the Buffalo Bills. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Browns redirects here. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Brian Winfield Sipe (born 1949) is a former professional American Football quarterback who played in the NFL between 1974-83 and the USFL in 1984-85. ... Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954, Jackson, Mississippi) is a former American Football Offensive Tackle who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams franchise. ... Kevin Glover (born June 17, 1963 in Washington, D.C.) is a former American football Center for the Detroit Lions (1985-1997), and Seattle Seahawks (1998-1999) He attended University of Maryland. ... Thomas (Tom) Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) was raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts and is an football player for the Denver Broncos. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ...

Joe vs. Mean Joe

DeLamielleure faced Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of Fame defensive tackle Mean Joe Greene eight times in his career. Since Joe D. was a right guard and Mean Joe was a left defensive tackle, they met head-to-head. Although one offensive lineman is not 100% responsible for the opponent on every play, it is notable that Joe Greene averaged only 2 tackles per game against Joe D.
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football... Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946), is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. ...

Date of game― Solo tackles, Sacks by Joe Greene (Bills rushing yards, average, sacks allowed)

  • 12-22-1974― 1 solo tackle, 0 sacks, (Bills gain 100 yards rushing with a 4.8 yard avg., allow no sacks)
  • 9-28-1975― 3 solo tackles, 0 sacks, (Bills gain 310 yards with a 6.7 yard avg., allow one sack to Lambert)
  • 9-3-1978 ― 1 solo tackle, 0 sacks, (Bills gain 100 yards on a 3.4 yard average. Allowed 3 sacks, Shell, White Greenwood)
  • 12-16-1979 ― 4 solo tackles, 0 sacks, (Bills rush for 78 yards, 3.3 avg. Allow 2 sacks to Towes and White)
  • 10-26-1980 ― 0 tackles, 0 sacks, (Browns rushed for 91 yards, passed for 348 allowed 1 sack for 1 yard)
  • 11-16-1980― 3 solo tackles, 1 sack, (Browns rushed for 95 yards, passed for 171 allowed 1 sack for 7 yards (Greene)
  • 10-11-1981 ― 3 solo tackles, 0 sacks, (Browns rushed for 166 yards, passed for 279, allowed 1 sack -Lambert)
  • 11-22-1981― 0 tackles, 0 sacks, (Browns rushed for 146, passed for 219, allowed 1 sack)

Joe Greene's total: 8 games― 15 solo tackles, 1 sack

In 1992, Joe had a short stint with the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League. The Charlotte Rage was a team in the Arena Football League, a league which plays a scaled-down version of American football suitable for play in venues primarily designed for ice hockey or basketball. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ...

DeLamielleure was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...

Was inducted to the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame in 2007[1]. The East-West Shrine Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game played each January since 1926. ...

Joe currently has an argument going with Gene Upshaw, the head of the Players Union, about retired NFL player's pensions. Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr. ...

Joe currently weighs 253 pounds -- and says he bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times a few months ago. [2]

DeLamielleure currently promotes the All-American Football League, a spring league that is hoping to fill a void of the now defunct NFL Europe. The AAFL plans to take collegiate players provided they've earned a four-year college degree. The All American Football League is a professional American football league. ... The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ...


  • In 1975 DeLamielleure was the NFLPA AFC Arm Wrestling Champion (He Lost final to Ed White)
  • In 1979 DeLamielleure was NFLPA AFC Racquetball champion (he lost the final to the NFC competitor Rafael Septien who was 5'9" and 160 pounds)
  • In 1982 Joe competed in the NFL's Srongest Man Competition. The other contestants were Lyle Alzado, John Matuszak, Mike Webster, Steve Furness, Curt Marsh, and Bob Young. Only Marsh and DeLamielleure are still living and Marsh has had a leg amputated.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Racquetball racquet and ball Racquetball is a sport played with racquets and a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. ... Jose Rafael Septien (born December 12, 1953 in Mexico City, Mexico) was an American football placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys from 1978 through 1986. ... Lyle Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was a NFL football player most famous for his intense and intimidating style of play. ... John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 - June 17, 1989), nicknamed Tooz, was an American football player in the NFL who later became an actor. ... Michael Lewis Webster (March 18, 1952 - September 24, 2002) was an American football player who played center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990. ...

External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
  • ArenaFan Online Page

  Results from FactBites:
Member - Pro Football Hall of Fame (543 words)
An All-America and three-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan State, “Joe D” as he was known, was selected in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
But Joe was more than just a run blocker, he was also an effective pass blocker and rarely allowed his opponent to disrupt Buffalo’s or Cleveland’s pass plays.
DeLamielleure, who was named to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team, finished his career in 1985 with a final season back where it had begun, in Buffalo.
Welcoming Committee: Joe DeLamielleure - Pro Football Hall of Fame (641 words)
He faced Joe D four times when the guard was with the Buffalo Bills leading the way for Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson.
Joe, the first time we met on the field was in the 1974 playoffs in Pittsburgh.
So, Joe with you coming in, it’s not a tribute to you, it’s a tribute to the people who were influential in your life – on and off the field.
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