Jon Giesler
No. 79     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 1979 1988)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Big Ten (1978)
  • 2× Second-team All-AFC (1984, 1986)
  • 2x AFC CHAMPION 1982, 1984
Games     126
Games started     105
Fumble recoveries     2
Stats at

Jon William Giesler (born December 23, 1956) is a former American football player. He played 10 seasons, principally at the offensive left tackle position, for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) from 1979 to 1988. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1975 to 1978.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Giesler was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1956.[1] He grew up in Woodville, Ohio, a town of approximately 2,000 people, located 30 minutes southeast of Toledo, Ohio. He attended Woodmore High School in Elmore, Ohio.[1][2] He played for the football and track teams and won the Ohio state championship in the shot put.[3]

University of Michigan[edit | edit source]

In 1975, Giesler enrolled at the University of Michigan where he played college football for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1975 to 1978.[4][5] Giesler began his career as a defensive tackle but was converted to an offensive tackle as a junior.[4] During his junior year, Giesler was a backup to Mike Kenn at the offensive left tackle position and started two games for the 1977 Michigan Wolverines football team.[6]

As a senior, Giesler started all 12 games at left tackle for the 1978 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 10-1 regular season record, won the Big Ten Conference championship, and lost to USC in the 1979 Rose Bowl.[7] Led by Giesler and John Arbeznik, Michigan's 1978 offensive line led the way for Harlan Huckleby, Russell Davis, Rick Leach and others to tally 3,241 rushing yards (294.6 yards per game).[8] At the end of the 1978 season, Giesler was selected as a first-team offensive tackle on the 1978 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[7][9]

Professional football[edit | edit source]

Giesler was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round as the 24th overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.[1] As a rookie during the 1979 NFL season, Giesler did not start any games for the Dolphins, played on special teams and was also a backup to veteran linemen Bob Kuechenberg and Mike Current.[10]

When Current retired after the 1978 season,[11] Giesler became a starter for the Dolphins at the left tackle position during the 1980 NFL season. Between 1980 and 1988, Giesler appeared in 110 games for the Dolphins, 105 of them as the starting left tackle. In June 1984, Giesler rejected an offer to play for the Michigan Panthers in the United States Football League (USFL) for a reported $900,000 over three years.[12] During the 1984 season, Giesler played on the best pass-blocking line in the NFL, and Dolphins' coach Don Shula rated Giesler as "his steadiest offensive lineman."[13] In 1986, Giesler missed the first six games of the season after undergoing knee surgery and then injured the knee again late in the season, limiting his playing time to a career-low seven games during the 1986 NFL season.[14] Giesler considered retiring prior to the 1988 season and conducted a two-month holdout before signing a two-year contract with the Dolphins for a reported $657,500.[15]

In 10 seasons with the Dolphins from 1979 to 1988, Giesler played in two Super Bowls (Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX) and was twice selected by the United Press International (UPI) as a second team All-AFC player. He appeared in a total of 126 regular season NFL games.[1]

Later years[edit | edit source]

Following his retirement from the NFL at the conclusion of the 1988 season, Giesler remained in Florida where he owns a chain of restaurants.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Jon Giesler". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. "Native sons put Ohio behind Miami". The Palm Beach Post: p. D3. January 27, 1983.,4146883&hl=en.
  3. Bill Brubaker (November 16, 1979). "Giesler returns to scene of the crime". The Miami News: p. 9C.,2531187&hl=en.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  5. Stan Bradbury (September 13, 1979). "Giesler right back to familiar bench". The Michigan Daily.,921397&dq=bill-dufek&hl=en.
  6. "1977 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "1978 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  8. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2015.(to retrieve information for a particular season, go to "Games & Totals by Season" and select the year for which statistics are to be retrieved)
  9. "Michigan, Michigan State Dominate All-Big Ten Team". The Hour, Norwalk, Connecticut: p. 27. November 29, 1978.,6789896.
  10. Stan Bradbury (September 13, 1979). "Giesler right back to familiar bench". The Michigan Daily: p. 9.,921397&hl=en.
  11. "Rumors irritate Giesler". The Palm Beach Post: p. D1. July 19, 1980.,5104947&hl=en.
  12. "USFL Offer Is Rejected By Giesler". The Palm Beach Post: p. D6. June 5, 1984.,4325436&hl=en.
  13. "Count Giesler Among Marino Fans". Toledo Blade: p. 15. January 18, 1985.,4836246&hl=en.
  14. "Injury Report". The Palm Beach Post: p. 7C. December 8, 1986.,8115605&hl=en.
  15. "Dolphins' Giesler considered retirement". Gainesville Sun: p. 2C. September 14, 1988.,4830738&hl=en.


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