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Joe Pisarcik
No. 7, 9     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-07-02) July 2, 1952 (age 70)
Place of birth: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: New Mexico State
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Calgary Stampeders (19741976)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
TDINT     24–48
Yards     5,552
Passer rating     53.9
Stats at

Joseph Anthony Pisarcik (born July 2, 1952) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eight seasons, from 1977 through 1984 after playing high school football at West Side Central Catholic H. S. (later Bishop O'Reilly, now closed), and college football at New Mexico State University. His first professional team was the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he played from 1974 to 1976.

He began his NFL career with the New York Giants and is best remembered for his role in the November 19, 1978, game where the Giants, ahead 17–12 with only seconds to play and their opponent out of time-outs, lost after his handoff (a play called by offensive coordinator Bob Gibson over Pisarcik's objections) to Larry Csonka was fumbled and returned for a touchdown by Herman Edwards of the Philadelphia Eagles. The play has since been referred to as "The Fumble" by Giants fans and "The Miracle at the Meadowlands" by Eagles fans, and it was instrumental in making the Quarterback kneel (also known as "taking a knee") a routine play for running down the clock at the end of a game.

Pisarcik signed with the Eagles in 1980 after the Giants had released him, primarily serving as the backup to QB Ron Jaworski. He stayed with the Eagles until retiring after the 1984 season.

A resident of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Pisarcik has five children: Kristin, Lindsey, Jake, Joseph and Katie.[1] Jake is an offensive lineman for the University of Oregon.

Pisarcik served as the CEO of the NFL Alumni Association in Newark but retired in April 2017 following accusations of sexual harassment "[2]

See also


  1. Gehman, Jim. "Where Are They Now? QB Joe Pisarcik", Philadelphia Eagles, August 13, 2015. Accessed May 4, 2016. "Making his home in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Pisarcik is the father of five adult children: Kristin, Lindsey, Joseph, Katelyn and Jake."
  2. Dobuzinskis, Alex. "NFL Alumni Association's Ex-CEO Accused of Sexual Harassment"
  • December 21, 2001; Go, Joe, Go!, Philadelphia Business Journal.

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