Jerry Diorio
No. 64 (Michigan), 84 (Lions)     
Offensive guard, tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-01-11) January 11, 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 1984
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 1987)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Gerald J. "Jerry" Diorio (born January 11, 1962) is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1980 to 1983 as an offensive guard. He later played professional football in Italy and appeared in two games for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) as a replacement player and tight end during the 1987 NFL strike.

Early yearsEdit

Diorio was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1962. He played football there at Cardinal Mooney High School.[1][2]

University of MichiganEdit

Diorio enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1980 and played football under head football coach Bo Schembechler from 1980 to 1983. While playing at Michigan, Diorio was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 235 pounds.[1] He started four games at right guard for the 1981 Michigan Wolverines football team and six games at the same position for the 1982 team.[3][4] Diorio started all 12 games at left guard for the 1983 Michigan Wolverines football team that finished the season with a 9-3 record and ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll and No. 9 in the final UPI poll.[5] In January 1984, Diorio played in the East-West Shrine Game at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California.[6] He was also selected as a second-team All-Big Ten guard by the Associated Press,[7] and a first-team member of the 1983 Big Ten All-Academic football team.[8]

Professional footballEdit

After graduating from Michigan, Diorio was undrafted in the 1984 NFL Draft. He tried out with the Denver Broncos in 1984, and played professional football in the Italian Football League for the Stiassi Doves, who won "the Italian Super Bowl" in 1985.[9] In 1987, Diorio appeared in two games in the National Football League (NFL) as a replacement player and tight end with the Detroit Lions during the 1987 NFL strike.[2][9]

Coaching careerEdit

From 2004 to 2008, Diorio was the head football coach at Wayland Union High School in Wayland, Michigan. In 2007, he was named Regional Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.[10] In 2008, Diorio coached his Wayland Union team against his former University of Michigan line coach Elliott Uzelac, who was then coaching high school football in St. Joseph, Michigan;[11] Uzelac's team won the game, 32-31, in overtime.[12] In 2009, he became an assistant football coach at Byron Center High School in Byron Center, Michigan.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1980 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jerry Diorio". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. "1981 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  4. "1982 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  5. "1983 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  6. "Shrine game features 41 bowl participants". Times Daily (UPI story). January 6, 1984.,1633245&dq=jerry+diorio&hl=en.
  7. "Best in the Big Ten". The Argus Press (AP story). November 30, 1983.,2517517&dq=jerry+diorio&hl=en.
  8. "Humphries, Diorio Rate Big Ten Honors". The Argus-Press (AP story). November 12, 1983.,1513183&dq=jerry+diorio&hl=en.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "N.F.L. Matchups; No-Name Defenses, And Offenses, Too". The New York Times. October 2, 1987.
  10. Jonathon Kollnot (November 27, 2007). "Team Diorio rides the roller coaster that is the year of 2007".
  11. Jane Bos (October 30, 2008). "U-M men square off in prep football playoffs". The Grand Rapids Press.
  12. Gary Bond (November 2, 2008). "Wayland loses overtime thriller at St. Joseph". The Grand Rapids Press.
  13. Matthew S. Russell (August 17, 2009). "Meet the Bulldogs". Southwest Advice.
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