Joe Klecko Speaker Profile
Former Defensive Lineman for the New York Jets
Joe Klecko Biography
Joe Klecko was born October 15, 1953 in Chester, Pennsylvania and is a former American football player as a defensive lineman for the New York Jets from 1977 to 1987, and the Indianapolis Colts in 1988. He co-anchored the Jets formidable defensive line known as the "New York Sack Exchange" with Mark Gastineau, Abdul Salaam and Marty Lyons. The four combined for 66 sacks in 1981, including a league-leading 20.5 by Gastineau, who was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA). Klecko is second to Gastineau on the Jets all-time leading sack leaders (as of the 2008-2009 season).
Klecko played at Temple under legendary college coach Wayne Hardin (the former Navy coach who coached 2 Heisman Trophy winners in Bellino '60 and Staubach '63). While at Temple University, Klecko also played semi-pro football for the Aston (Pa.) Knights and kept his eligibility by playing under an assumed name (Jim Jones) and a fake university (Poland University). He also won two NCAA club boxing titles in the heavyweight division. Klecko played high school football at St. James Catholic High School for Boys in Chester, Pa.
On December 26, 2004, during a halftime ceremony, the Jets honored Klecko by retiring his #73 jersey. Klecko became just the third New York Jet to have his number retired, joining Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath and Hall of Fame WR Don Maynard. He was the first player in professional football history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions (DE, DT and NT). Hall of Fame centre Dwight Stephenson, in describing Klecko as a "great defensive lineman", considered him one of the two best interior linemen he had ever faced.
Klecko had a small role in the 1981 Burt Reynolds film Cannonball Run, as well as Reynolds' Smokey and the Bandit and Smokey and the Bandit II and appeared on EWTN Life On The Rock show. Among other pursuits, he is a member of Catholic Athletes for Christ and speaks on the subject of manhood and faith.
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Posted on 7 October 2013 | 8:01 pm
Former New York Jets star defensive lineman Joe Klecko delivered the keynote speech at the Catholic Men's Conference, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish on September 14. During the speech Klecko spoke to a group of 50 men about his athletic achievements, his personal issues after his retirement from the NFL, and how his faith in God saved him from a life of...[Read More]
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