It’s safe to say you would be hard pressed to find a greater offensive lineman throughout the history of the NFL that could block better than the Browns former offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure. Joe D was part of the cardiac kids era in Cleveland and helped Browns quarterback Brian Sipe to pass for over 4,000 yards. DeLamielleure was the first guy and could be the last to ever block for a 2,000 yard rusher and a 4,000 passer in his career. At 61 years old DeLamielleure carries a card in his wallet to make sure his brain is donated to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
DeLamielleure shows many of the signs of the brain disease and he is worried that is he drops dead they get his brain to study. He is so worried his wife and kids keep copies of the card with them as well. DeLamielleure thinks he suffered hundreds if not thousands of concussions throughout his football career. DeLamielleure constantly drops in and out of depression these days and has done so since he left the NFL. Asked if he would play football if he had to do it over again there is no hesitation in his NO answer at all.
For guys like DeLamielleure, life isn’t fun at all. When they played professional football they gave the players smelling salts on the side lines and sent you right back in to the game. If only they knew then what is coming to the surface now….
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