Joe Delaney: Remembering My First Superhero


Published: April 16, 2009


... />If they have, it's likely they are a 35-50-year-olds who craved football in the early '80s, like I crave football now.

Delaney was drafted in the second round of the 1981 NFL draft from I-AA Northwestern State, where he was a two-time All-American selection. While there, Joe also was a track and field athlete, winning a national championship in the 4x100 meter relay.

He burst on to the scene of Arrowhead Stadium in 1981, garnishing Rookie of the Year honors and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He rushed for 1,121 yards and propelled the Chiefs to their first winning season since 1973.

Joe's second season with the Chiefs was shortened by an eye injury, as well as an NFL player strike. He amassed only 380 yards in the frustrating, injury-plagued season, but was clearly a player on the verge of greatness.

As an eight-year-old boy, Joe was my favorite Chief. I collected his football cards, wrote #37 on the back of my Sears Roebuck football...

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