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2003 Inductee

Career Highlights

Selected to six straight Pro Bowls from 1976-1981.

First or second-team All-Pro from 1974-1980, 1983.

Named to the 1970s All-Decade Team.

In the 1970s, Joe DeLamielleure and his Buffalo Bills offensive line mates were dubbed the "Electric Company," because they "turned the Juice loose." The "Juice" of course was Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. An All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan State, "Joe D" was selected in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Bills.

Extremely durable and dependable, DeLamielleure played in 185 consecutive games during his 13 playing seasons with the Bills and the Cleveland Browns. A starter from the first game of his rookie season, DeLamielleure started in every game for eight seasons in Buffalo before being traded to Cleveland in 1980. He went on to become the most honored lineman of the Bills' respected front wall.

Eight times during his career he was selected first- or second-team All-Pro; seven times he was named first- or second-team All-AFC, and six times he was named to the Pro Bowl. Since 1970, only two Hall of Fame guards, John Hannah with 10 and Gene Upshaw with seven, were named All-Pro more often.