NFL News of July 31, 2003

Joe DeLamielleure NFL Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills Cleveland Browns

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”

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