On June 8, 2019, NFL veteran and Hall of Fame offensive guard Joe DeLamielleure was inducted into the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Sports Faith International is chaired by Chicago Bears Vice President Patrick McCaskey. The media initiative honors exceptional athletes, coaches and others who lead exemplary lives. DeLamielleure came from a large Catholic family with 10 children. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school at Saint Clement High School in Center Line, Michigan. He was an All-American at Michigan State where he played with John Shinsky who was also honored by Sports Faith International this year.
DeLamielleure was a first round NFL draft choice who went on to play for the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills. On the Bills he was part of the offensive line that was called the “Electric Company” that opened up holes for running back O.J. Simpson. He is considered one of the best offensive linemen to ever play for the Bills as well as the Browns.
Michigan State teammate John Shinsky asked DeLamielleure for help in funding his orphanage in Mexico. John Shinsky, Joe DeLamielleure and former Secret Service Director Eljay Bowron road bikes beginning from the 50-yard line during the annual MSU Green and White football game at Spartan Stadium all the way to the City of Children Orphanage in Metamoros Mexico. CBS featured the story during the game. Today, DeLamielleure organizes a golf outing in Chicago to raise funds for the orphanage.