MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 35 Joe DeLamielleure

This is the 16th in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 35 – Joe DeLamielleure

Offensive guard, 1970-72, Center Line

The skinny: An All-American in 1972, DeLamielleure led a wishbone ground attack that saw three different rushers eclipse 100 yards and the Spartans average better than 260 yards per game in Big Ten play. A year earlier, as a junior, DeLamielleure paved the way for Eric Allen’s 350-yard rushing day at Purdue. Later, as an All-Pro guard for the Buffalo Bills, DeLamielleure blocked for O.J. Simpson’s then-NFL-record 273-yard performance in 1977. – Read more at

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