|No. 43, 32, 38|
|Born:||October 11, 1941|
Trenton, New Jersey
|Died:||March 9, 2019 77) (aged|
Winter Park, Florida
|NFL Draft:|| 1963 / Round: 5 / Pick: 57|
(by the Los Angeles Rams)
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 15 / Pick: 120|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Joseph Auer (October 11, 1941 – March 9, 2019) was an American football former running back. He graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida and played collegiately for Georgia Tech and professionally in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills (1964–1965), and the Miami Dolphins (1966–1967). He also played in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons.
He is most remembered for returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the Dolphins in their first regular-season football game in 1966, 95 yards against the Oakland Raiders.Subsequently, he was the Dolphins' Most Valuable Player.
Auer is best known as a professional American football player. He played college football at Georgia Tech, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, and then traded that preseason to the Buffalo Bills for a first-round draft pick, where he played for two years as a running back on their 1964 and 1965 championship team. When the brand new Miami Dolphins found that their running game was ineffective after their first two exhibition games, they acquired Auer off of waivers from the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Miami Dolphins before ending his career with the Atlanta Falcons. Auer is most famous for taking the opening kickoff in the Miami Dolphins' first-ever game in 1966 and returning it 95 yards for a touchdown in front of 26,000 fans including Steve Siegert, Les Clements and Ware Cornell. He went on to be the Dolphins’ leading scorer that year; not surprisingly, he became the Dolphins' first MVP.
After retiring from football, Auer founded RaceCar Engineering, a company that built high-quality race cars, some of which set track records and won championships for the company's customers. He then began Competitive Edge Motorsports, racing both the Busch and Nextel Cup Series in NASCAR between 2004 and 2006.
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