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Vote for Widener Alumnus Joe Fields as one of the NFL’s Most Valuable Draft Picks

April 12, 2010

This spring, Widener’s own Joe Fields ’75 was honored by being included in a special celebration of the 75th NFL Draft. As part of the NFL’s 75th Draft Anniversary, fans have a chance to decide the greatest choices of all time. Fans can help select the 75 most valuable draft picks by voting for their choices at NFL.com now through April 18th.

Putting this honor into perspective, consider that there have been more than 20,000 draft picks since the beginning of the draft in 1936. Furthermore, consider the great talent of the other 319 pre-selected players chosen by the NFL’s panel of experts. Jerry Rice, first round, pick 16. Emmitt Smith, first round, pick 17.  Joe Montana, third round, pick 82.  Roger Staubach, 10th round, pick 129.  Tom Brady, sixth round, pick 199.

They are regarded as among the greatest NFL players. But who is the most valuable draft pick? Should it be a popularity contest or a vote based on merit – that is, picking the players who provided their teams the most bang for the buck?

We believe Joe Fields did. And here’s why:

Fields was drafted in 1975, in the 14th round, pick 349. As NFL.com puts it, “As a 14th-round pick out of Widener University, Fields wasn’t given much of a chance to make the Jets. Fields, however, developed into a two-time Pro Bowl center (1981, 1982) and ‘The General’ of a solid offensive line.”

Here are some other highlights:

  • Career: 14 seasons, 186 games; 8 years co-captain; New York Jets: 1975-1987; New York Giants: 1988
  • 1980: Voted by fans as Player of the Year for off-season charity work and play on the field
  • 1981: Post season honors
    • Selected All Pro by College & Pro Football Weekly and New York Daily News
    • 2nd Team All-Pro by AP and Sporting News; UPI All AFC
    • Pro Bowl
    • NJ Sports Writers Pro Athlete of the Year
  • 1982: Post season honors
    • Selected All Pro by AP, NEA, Pro Football Writers Association, Football Digest, College & Pro Football Weekly
    • All AFC 2nd Team UPI, Pro Bowl
  • 1984: Center named to John Madden’s First All Pro team
  • 1985: Post season honors
    • All NFL, All NFL 2nd Team AP
    • Received NFL Trainers Ed Block Courage Award for determination on and off the field

After a long and distinguished career as a professional athlete, Fields moved into the business arena – starting up his own successful contracting business as a Hardscaping™ professional. Fields heads up the sales team supporting the area’s best distributors and contractors for EP Henry – the country’s leading, independently-owned manufacturer of unit concrete products. He lives in Pilesgrove, NJ.

Vote for Joe Fields at http://draftmvps.nfl.com/matchup/show/39268.

Good luck Joe!

— Dan Hanson, Editor, Postscript

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