Joe Delaney first made his mark on the football field and made a more lasting impression off the field. Delaney was a two-time All-America running back in 1979-80 for the Demons, and joined Mark Duper, Victor Oatis and Mario Johnson on the Demons’ 1981 NCAA championship 4×100 meter relay team, earning All-America honors.
The Kansas City Chiefs picked Delaney in the second round of the 1981 NFL draft. He took the league by storm being named AFC Rookie of the Year and playing in the Pro Bowl. The Demons’ spring football game has been known as the Joe Delaney Bowl since 1989 and the Joe Delaney Distinguished Supporter Award goes each year to a leading backer of NSU Athletics.