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2004: Joe Delaney | Chiefs Hall of Honor | Kansas City Chiefs -

2004 | Joe Delaney | Running Back


Delaney was an electrifying runner whose promising career was tragically cut short after just two NFL seasons … Unassuming and humble off the field, was simply amazing once he stepped between the stripes … Burst onto the NFL scene as the AFC Rookie of the Year in '81 when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and was named Chiefs MVP after establishing a then-franchise record with 1,121 rushing yards … Helped propel the '81 Chiefs to a 9-7 record, the club's first winning season since '73 ... After coming off the bench to record 101 rushing yards in his initial NFL action at New England (10/4/81), ran for 106 yards and registered 104 receiving yards in his initial pro start vs. Oakland (10/11/81) ... His 193-yard outing vs. Houston (11/15/81) remains the third-highest single-game rushing output in franchise history … In just 23 career games, amassed 329 carries for 1,501 yards with three TDs, as well as 33 receptions for 299 yards … Joined the Chiefs as a second-round draft choice out of Northwestern Louisiana where was a part of the school's NCAA Division I champion 4x100 meter relay team ... Born October 30, 1958 in Henderson, Texas … Drowned on June 29, 1983 attempting to save the lives of three youngsters in Monroe, Louisiana and was buried on July 4, 1983 in Haughton, Louisiana … Posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal by Ronald Reagan on July 13, 1983 … Received the NCAA Award of Valor in '84 and was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in '97.