Joe Pisarcik

About This Inductee

Joe Pisarcik, a member of a select group of Wyoming Valley Area athletes to attain star status in the National Football League, began his career at Kingston Central Catholic High School during the years of 1966-1970, after a brilliant high school career where he set numerous passing records and received post seasons honors. Pisarcik was an NFL quarterback from 1977-1985 with three different teams. After an outstanding career at Kingston Central Catholic (now Bishop O’Reilly) and the University of New Mexico, Pisarcik began his professional career in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. In 1977, he joined the New York Giants, completing 103 of 204 passes as the starting quarterback. He also started for the Giants in 1978, completing 143 of 301 passes for 2,096 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 1979, Pisarcik began the season as the Giants’ starting quarterback before then-rookie Phil Simms took over after five games. He completed 43 of W8 passes for the Giants that season. Pisarcik moved to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980, and played in Super Bowl XV against the Oakland Raiders. He was the Eagles backup quarterback until 1984. In 1984, he took over as the starter when Ron Jaworski broke his leg. Pisarcik responded by completing 96 of 176 passes for 1,036 yards and 3 touchdowns. He concluded his career in 1985 with the Miami Dolphins, but didn’t play due to injury. His career NFL statistics were 425 completions, 898 attempts, 5,552 passing yards, and 24 touchdowns.