Joe DeLamielleure Named to Hall

DeLamielleure earlier today (AP)

Joe DeLamielleure's thirteen-year career as an offensive guard was recognized today, as the man who dominated in the trenches for the Bills and Browns was named to the Hall of Fame. DeLamielleure helmed lines which broke open holes for OJ Simpson and protected Brian Sipe, and was named All-Pro seven times during his career.

Joe DeLamielleure was one of the greatest offensive guards to play the game in the modern era. Starting in 1973 with Buffalo, and continuing in Cleveland during the 80s, DeLamielleure was a rare guards who could truly dominate even the best defensive linemen of his day.

DeLamielleure first got the attention of the NFL as he was named an All-American for his efforts at Michigan State. Ralph Wilson, owner of the Bills, was instrumental in that team selecting DeLamielleure with their first-round draft pick in 1973.

He was as good as his college career indicated he would be. DeLamielleure was named All-Pro six times during the 1970s and was named to the "All-Decade" team as well. DeLamielleure's blocked helped OJ Simpson become the NFL's first 2000-yard rusher, and helmed a Cleveland line that led the league in fewest sacks allowed.

DeLamielleure retired in 1986, and has been an assistant coach at Liberty College and Duke following his playing career.

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