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Joe DeLamielleure, Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure is ranked among the finest players ever to step on an NFL field. He earned his place in history by leading the way for many great runners. This summer, he will once again be leading the way as he covers 213 miles during his Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk to Canton.

We made it! Saturday, July 20, 2013

Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

1:35 p.m. EDT

I made it! I should say, “we” made it!
 

Joey and I walked side-by-side this morning as we completed my 213-mile walk from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

There are so many people to thank. I appreciate all the fans who showed up today, the Mayor of Canton, Steve Perry and all of his team at the Hall, two Browns alum Dick Ambrose and Bernie Kosar, and so many others for a special finish to my 10 days on the road.

This may be the end of the walk but it’s just the start of something big for Grace’s Lamp. Joey and I are already working on creating some 5k walks around the country to keep building support for this great cause.

I’m now heading home to my family so I can pack and return to Canton in less than two weeks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion.

If you don’t mind, I think I’ll drive this time!

Check out some photos of my last mile on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Flickr page.



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I hope I’ve made a difference Friday, July 19, 2013

Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:25 p.m. ET

I finished my last long day of the walk. Bernie Kosar again showed up and walked with me which was a great boost. I appreciated him coming out these past few days to show his support. We stopped at the North Canton Fire Department and took this photo with Bob Carroll and John Kleinbek.


More calls kept coming in today as I heard from so many family members and guys in the Hall like Carl Eller and Randall McDaniel. Coach Ditka even texted me.

All of these calls and texts have really inspired me. To tell you the truth, I knew this walk would be tough but it was actually more challenging than I thought it would be.

I think it’s such a great cause. I hope I’ve made a difference and that this is the start of something big. I’m hoping we can start doing walks all around the country. Not 213 miles, but to do a bunch of them would be significant.

If you’re around Canton tomorrow, I invite you to come meet Joey and me. We’ll be coming down 25th Street to Fulton Road and up through the park to finish the walk at the Hall of Fame’s front steps at around 11:00 a.m.

As I walk that last mile tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about what I really accomplished. I’m just glad that I could be the messenger for Joey and Grace’s Lamp.



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Canton isn’t far away Thursday, July 18, 2013

Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

8:15 p.m. ET

This was one brutal day. It was so hot and humid. I also ended up starting the day by walking for nearly five hours straight. I should have taken a break earlier and eaten lunch around 11:30. Tomorrow, I’m going to be a little smarter and walk for a couple of hours then take a break.

I told you about the socks Franco Harris gave me. Well, now that I’m almost done with the walk, I’ll let you in on my other secret. I’ve been spraying down with a great product called Liquid Ice. It really rejuvenates me and I feel great each morning when I’m ready to tackle another 20 miles.

Anyway, I’m getting really excited as Canton isn’t far away. We stayed in Kent last night. Eljay and I got lost driving around from our hotel and when we stopped for directions Sergeant Jason Short pointed us to one of the town’s best restaurants.


Bernie Kosar came back out today to walk with me again. I’ll tell you, the guy has a heart of gold. Thanks Bernie for the support.

The calls kept coming. Marv Levy called and told me how he admires that I’m always doing something. Out of the blue, I got a call from Kyle Turley, the former Chiefs and Saints lineman. Football certainly is a tight-knit fraternity. I appreciate all of the calls and especially from my good friend Elvin Bethea who has been reaching out to me every day.

All of my family is really pumped for me as I get toward the end of the walk. I would not be who I am without my wife and children. They always encourage me and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

My biggest pick-me-up of the day came when my daughter texted me the picture my four-year-old grandson Patrick drew of his grandpa!

I’ve been talking to Joey Funderburk almost daily. He can’t believe that I’m almost done. He is really thrilled to be going to the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Well, one more long day and then I’ll wrap up my walk on Saturday morning. If you happen to be around Canton, please come by and meet Joey. He’s one inspirational guy.



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Still wearing the same socks Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:55 p.m. ET

I got an early start today to get a jump on the heat. But, it’s hot and humid out there.

I’ve been keeping hydrated for sure. I’m wearing a Camelbak that holds 64 ounces of water and I’m going through six of those a day. 

Helping me along today was Lynn Swann who gave me a call.

I also had a visitor on the road. Former Browns Quarterback Bernie Kosar met up with me at the Subway in Parkman, Ohio yesterday. Here, Bernie and I posed with Kerstin Maxie and the Subway’s owner Kevin Graham.


Bernie and I weren’t teammates but we met about five or six years ago and really hit it off. He’s a good guy. He intended on walking for a mile with me and ended up doing more than three miles. It sure helped break up the monotony of walking by myself. Thanks Bernie!

I was asked if I’m still wearing the same socks … yes! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you need to check my blog entry from the other day. Franco Harris gave me these special silver socks used a lot by the military and athletes. They’re great. They keep my aching feet dry and they’re definitely living up to the reputation of being able to wear for a long time. It’s kind of funny that a Steeler would help out an ol’ Brown. But, we’re all teammates in the Hall. Thanks Franco. For those wanting to know more about Franco’s company, check it out at SilverSport.com.

Two more long days and then I make my final strech to the Hall’s front steps. I want to give a sincere thank you to Steve Perry, the Hall of Fame’s President/Executive Director. He announced the other day that the Hall of Fame has set aside a block of enshrinement tickets that if you buy them and say you want to support Grace’s Lamp, the Hall of Fame is giving $10 of the ticket price to the charity. Thank you so much Steve. I’m just thrilled.



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