Joe DeLamielleure‘s telephone did not stop ringing for days.
News of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in late January prompted a torrent of congratulatory calls.
Former Browns and Buffalo Bills teammates rang his home number one after another. Even O.J. Simpson got into the act.
The volume of well-wishers was not totally unexpected, though DeLamielleure was flattered and deeply appreciative.
It was the next wave of calls that was surprising. Job offers. Card-show opportunities. A chance to host a pregame radio show for an NFL team.
DeLamielleure had been out of pro football and the limelight for 17 years. But he became a hot commodity in the time it took for his Hall of Fame announcement to crawl across the bottom of the ESPN screen…
— Tom Reed, Akron Beacon Journal “With Hall of Fame, DeLamielleure’s suddenly on the radar screen”