By Sly Fox - June 23rd, 2013, 4:08 pm
- June 23rd, 2013, 4:08 pm #432540
Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote:Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure played 13 NFL seasons -- then his life got interestingClick Here for Full Story
By Tom Reed, The Plain Dealer
June 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM, updated June 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On a recent spring morning, Joe DeLamielleure awoke at 5:15 to slip into his New Balance sneakers and walk out of his sleepy neighborhood for a 10-mile trek back and forth to church.
The former NFL offensive lineman has been a regular at St. Matthew’s sunrise services for five years, but in April the grandfather known as “Joe Gump” to his six children began hoofing it to mass. He’s not seeking salvation in the Charlotte humidity and is definitely not saving soles. DeLamielleure is training for a 213-mile walk to raise awareness and money for children in need of prosthetics.