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Joe Silipo
No. 57, 64, 66, 67, 75     
Center/Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-12-31) December 31, 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth: Glen Cove, NY
High School: Ward Melville
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Tulane
Debuted in 1981 for the Montreal Alouettes
Last played in 1987 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 1987
Games played     1
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Joseph Martin Silipo (born December 31, 1957 at Glen Cove, New York) was a Canadian and American football player in three professional football leagues.

An offensive lineman and a graduate of Tulane University, Silipo played two games with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1981. He then moved to the USFL, where he played with the Denver Gold in 1983 and the San Antonio Gunslingers in 1984 and 1985. In 1987 he was a NFL strike replacement player with the Buffalo Bills, playing 1 game.

His son, Joe Silipo Jr., was a long snapper with the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

College careerEdit

Silipo played football at Tulane University and graduated with a degree in education.

Professional careerEdit

Montreal Alouettes/Montreal ConcordesEdit

As a free agent, Silipo would sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on July 11, 1981. He was assigned jersey number 67 and played in two games during the Alouettes' 1981 season.[1] The Alouettes franchise folded in May of 1982 and the team re-emerged as the Montreal Concordes. Following a dismal 3–13-0 record in 1981, the Concordes immediately started a rebuilding process and several players were released, including Silipo on June 28, 1982.[2]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

After being released by the Concordes, Silipo signed with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League on July 10, 1982, and subsequently attended the Chiefs' training camp located at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He was later released by the Chiefs on August 30, 1982.[3] During his time with the Chiefs Silipo wore jersey number 75.

Denver GoldEdit

Silipo signed with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (USFL) on December 7, 1982.[4] Silipo would wear jersey number 66 for the Gold and went on to play in 17 games during their 1983 inaugural season.

San Antonio GunslingersEdit

He was selected by the San Antonio Gunslingers in the 3rd round (16th player selected) of the USFL expansion draft in September of 1983. Silipo played in nine games during the 1984 season and returned to play in 1985 as well. Notable is the fact that Silipo and his teammates continued play during the 1985 season despite not being paid on a regular basis. As a result of the financial problems that owner Clinton Manges faced, the Gunslingers released all of their players, on July 22, 1985, just minutes before the deadline to pay the players for two overdue paychecks.[5]

Buffalo BillsEdit

Silipo signed with the Buffalo Bills as a replacement player during the 1987 players' strike. He played in his first and only regular season NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 4th in front of 9,860 spectators at the 80,290-seat Rich Stadium.[6] Two weeks later on October 20, 1987, he was placed on the injured reserve list, effectively ending his professional career.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Alouettes All-Time Roster, accessed March 17, 2012
  2. Concords deal, promise more to comeMontreal Gazette, accessed March 17, 2012.
  3. Chiefs trim roster by 5; 5 more to be cut todayLawrence Journal-World, accessed March 17, 2012
  4. Sports TransactionsThe Hour, accessed March 17, 2012
  5. Gunslingers Release Players after Missing Pay DeadlineHerald-Journal, accessed March 18, 2012
  6. New, improved Oilers humble Denver, 40-10Spokesman-Review, accessed March 17, 2012
  7. TransactionsGettysburg Times, accessed March 17, 2012
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