Joe Senser

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2015


Joe Senser
Football • West Chester

Joe Senser was a very special athlete who played at West Chester University. A 1979 graduate who played tight end for the Golden Rams, he led the team in receptions for four straight years with and average of 14 yards per catch. He was a 6'4", 240 pound player who was very imposing. His biggest asset was his ability to catch anything he got his hands on. He was also an excellent blocker from his tight end position. After graduation Joe was drafted in 1979 in the 6th round by the Minnesota Vikings, In 1981 Joe had career highs in receptions (79), yards(1004), yards per catch (12.7) and touchdowns (8). Joe scored the first touchdown in the new Metrodome Stadium on a pass play from QB Tom Kramer in a 1982 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He earned a berth in the Pro Bowl after the 1981 season. Joe played four years in professional football before retiring due to a knee injury. He was one time also ranked 3rd in Vikings history among tight ends for catches (165) and touchdowns (16). Joe's football coach at Minnesota was Hall of Famer Bud Grant. Senser was the color commentator for the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network in 1993-94 and from 2001 to 2006. He was hired by WCCO Radio to be the color commentator for the University of St. Thomas football (NCAA Division III) broadcasts beginning in 2011. Joe was also a very good college basketball player. He is West Chester's career Field Goal % leader at .662. He led the team three times in single season field goal averages at .699, .685, and .665. He scored a total of 1095 points in his career and grabbed 738 rebounds. Some of those records were against Division I opponents. His 69.9% field goal average led the nation in 1976-77 in Division 1.

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