Joseph Paul Schmidt (January 19, 1932-) (LB) had an incredible ability to read opposing teams’ strategies, make adjustments and lead his team, dominating the opposition. Plagued with injuries in college, Schmidt saw his stock drop as he neared his pro career. In turn, the Detroit Lions selected Joe Schmidt in the seventh round of the 1953 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. However, he immediately established himself as a defensive leader on the renowned Lions defense. Joe helped lead Detroit to the their second of two back-to-back NFL League Championships in his rookie season of 1953. In 1956, Schmidt was named the field captain of the Lions defense, calling plays according to how he interpreted the opposition’s formation. Four times in his career, Schmidt’s teammate named him the Lions Most Valuable Player. He played his entire career with the Detroit Lions (1953-1965), was named to 10 consecutive NFL Pro Bowls and was an eight-time NFL All-Pro First Team selection. During his 13-year career, Joe Schmidt had 24 interceptions, returning two for scores and recovered 17 fumbles returning one for a touchdown scoring 18 total points. Following his playing days, Schmidt became the head coach of the Detroit Lions (1967-1972) compiling a record of 43-34-7 in six years and 84 games. Joe Schmidt was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.