Donor: Joe DeLamielleure
Hamilton 'East-West Shrine' Gold Plated Wristwatch
An All-America and three-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan State, Joe DeLamielleure was selected in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
He went on to become the most honored lineman of the Bills respected front wall. In 1975, the NFL Players Association named him Offensive Lineman of the Year and he was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the class of 2003.
This stunning Hamilton mechanical 1970s East-West Shrine Game watch was personally engraved and presented to Joe DeLamielleure on December 30, 1972. It commemorates his participation in the forty-eighth matchup that was played in San Francisco's Candlestick Park. A commemorative souvenir Game Day signed program is also included in this lot.
A special thanks to Rummelle’s Jewelers in Green Bay, Wisconsin for their professional help in checking things over, polishing and getting this watch ready for auction.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation was formed by the LaViolette family to honor the memory of their son, Brian, who passed away in a swimming accident in Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was just fifteen years old in 1992. Brian was not only an excellent student, athlete, and musician, but he loved watches, starting his own collection when he was four years of age.
Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,058 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams and, at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration.