Joe Staysniak

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Joe Staysniak
No. 72, 79
Personal information
Born: (1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 54)
Elyria, Ohio
Career information
High school:Grafton (OH) Midview
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 7 / Pick: 185
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:63
Games started:33
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Joseph Andrew Staysniak (born December 8, 1966) is a sports radio talk show host and a former professional American football offensive lineman who played six seasons in the NFL. Currently, Staysniak works for the talk radio stations WIBC (FM) and WFNI (AM) in Indianapolis.

Early life[edit]

Joe Staysniak played high school football at Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio.[1] After high school, Joe attended The Ohio State University, where he was an academic standout and a member on the football team.[2] Staysniak was part of the 1986-87 Ohio State Big Ten championship team that defeated Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl Classic 28-12.[3] In 1989, Joe was selected as one of the team captains on the Buckeyes football team. During the same season, he was also named an Academic All-American and received All-Big Ten honors. In 2015, Neil Cornrich & NC Sports, listed Joe Staysniak number 68 on their list of Ohio State's top 100 football players of all-time.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Joe Staysniak was drafted in the 7th round (185th overall) by the San Diego Chargers in the 1990 NFL draft.[5] Although he was only a practice squad player for the Chargers, Bill Polian signed Staysniak to a contract with the Buffalo Bills.[6] Over the course of his NFL career, Joe Staysniak played for the Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals. Joe Staysniak played in 63 games and made 33 starts during his professional career.[7] Big Joe started all 16 games for the Indianapolis Colts during the 1994 and 1995 NFL seasons. Joe was part of the Colts 1995 team that was led by quarterback Captain Comeback, Jim Harbaugh. The Colts eventually lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1995 AFC Championship Game 20-16.[8] In the game, Staysniak recovered a fumble deep in Colts territory to keep a critical drive alive for Indianapolis.


Joe currently is the co-host of a weekday morning sports radio talk show, "The Jeff and Big Joe Show," on 1070 the fan and 93.5 FM in Indianapolis.[9] In 2014, Staysniak stated that he is against the notion of paying college athletes.[10]

“This just really infuriates me because apparently I was one of the extreme few that actually cherished my scholarship and went to get the education that everybody else had to pay for. I scream at the top of my lungs every day when some of these guys are screaming for more money, more money, more money. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, but once again, I think it’s kind of the way our country has gone. We want more, but we want to do less. I think it’s terrible."

Joe Staysniak resides in Brownsburg, Indiana where he enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with his wife and child.[11]


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