Joseph Diminick III

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They say there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And of course, many times statistics don’t tell the true story…especially in athletics. And in the case of Joey Diminck, even though the stats are mind-blowing, they don’t say how really good a football player he really was.

First the stats: He was the only player, ever, to start every single game for four years for the Tornadoes. During that period the Big Red was 39-6-1. With Joey quarterbacking, they were 35-1, and won two Eastern Conference Championships.

He ranks third in career total offense, and was second team All State defense with both UPI and Associated Press.

He holds MCA’s All-Time Record in the high hurdles with 14.6. He was undefeated in both high and low hurdles in 73 and 74, was District 4 Champion in 72, 73 and 74; and finished 6th in the State met in 74. He is the third leading track scorer in MCA history, trailing only his brothers Michael and John.

In the 1974 Big 33 Game, he was selected Outstanding Player in offense and defense…and was listed a Prep All American and ranked as one of the top 100 players nationally by that publication.

He became an outstanding defensive back at Penn State and played in three bowl games: the Gator against Notre Dame, Fiesta against Southern Cal and a National Championship Game in the Sugar against Alabama.

As a senior he defended against some of the nations best passers and receivers including Broomell of Temple, Buckey of North Carolina State and Slichter of Ohio State and never gave up a touchdown pass. He was a “Big Play” producer that moved coach Joe Paterno to say “We’ve got to have him on the field somewhere” when discussing the teams prospect for his final season at Penn State.

Joe works for Federal Express and lives in Winstom-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Sandy and children Tyler, 7, and Lauren, 5.

Categories: 1994 Hall of Fame