|JOSEPH M. DELAMIELLEURE - Henry C. Bullough Service Award Winner - 2009|
Joseph M. DeLamielleure was born in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan.
He was an All-American offensive lineman while attending Michigan State University, and in 1973, was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the NFL draft. Right away, Joe played an integral part of the esteemed “Electric Company,” which, doing its offensive line job well, paved the way for O.J. Simpson to rush for 2,003 yards during the 1973 season. Joe played with the Bills for most of his football career, which lasted through the mid-80s.
While in the NFL Joe was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, was named to the All-Pro team nine time, chosen for the NFL 1970’s All-Decade Team, and inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame. In and out of football, Joe has spent over 25 years volunteering with the Special Olympics, giving his time and name to countless charities and charity events including over 30 annual golf events which he tries to attend each year all raising funds for various national and local groups.
Most recently Joe is serving as a member of the advisory board and working with fellow MSU teammates John Shinsky and Eljay Bowron to raise money for John’s orphanage project, The City Of The Children of Matamoros, Mexico. Last month the three men completed the 2000-mile bike trip from Spartan Stadium to the orphanage and raised over $120,000 for the orphanage in the process