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8/3/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman's Joe Juelfs gets rare college football honor
Chadron State selects former defensive lineman to All-Century team
Joe Juelfs
Joe Juelfs

Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Whenever an athlete gets selected for all-section, all-state or even all-American, it's common to assume there's a sense of pride the athlete would have for the rest of their life. But being selected all-century?

"I am real proud of it," said Kingman resident Joe Juelfs. "It was a good part of my life and I think about it often."

Chadron State College in Nebraska announced its All-Century CSC Football team recently, and the former defensive lineman for the Eagles found his name was on the list. Juelfs entered the CSC Hall of Fame in 2010.

"This is something the school did to celebrate its 100 years of football," he said. "A lot of those guys on the list I got to play with."

A committee of nine people chose the top 58 players in CSC history - 35 of whom played during the last 20 years. Criteria for selection included being named all-conference at least twice, earning all-American honors or a spot in the CSC Hall of Fame, and/or statistical dominance, according to a Chadron State College news release.

From 1991 through 1995, Juelfs had 197 career tackles and 25.5 sacks. He also had four interceptions and defended 16 passes as an Eagle.

When Juelfs arrived at CSC, the Eagles had just moved up from being a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program to an NCAA Division II college. The Eagles went 33-12 during the Juelfs period, and the following year went 10-2 to reach the D-II playoffs for the first time when he was a defensive line coach.

"I like to think we had a large part in them doing that," he said. "Then they went on a roll where for eight to 10 years they won a bunch of games."

The roll culminated in 2007 when the Danny Woodhead-led Eagles reached the D-II quarterfinals when they fell to Northwest Missouri State, 26-13. The following year, CSC reached the round of 16.

Woodhead and six-time Super Bowl wide receiver Don Beebe are also on the CSC All-Century team.

Juelfs went to CSC after graduating high school in Bridgeport, Neb. He made all-state in football and basketball, and one of his hoops teams went 27-0 to win a state championship.

Juelfs was also a two-time state champion in the discus.

Football has always been a part of Juelfs' life and continues to be. He's a board member for Kingman Youth Football League and has coached the Packers the past four seasons. He also coached White Cliffs Middle School the past two seasons but is leaving that post to join the staff at Lee Williams High. After he left CSC, Juelfs came to Kingman and assisted on Ray Smith's Kingman High staff from 1997-2001.

While he would love to continue with the Packers, he's just not certain about that.

"We're trying to figure out how to work it," he said. "My intention is to help with the Packers, but most likely I won't be the head coach."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Article comment by: Lorne Taylor

What an incredible asset, leader, and role model for our children and this growing program. The dedication and hours upon hours spent with these kids not only sacrifices time away from family, but all pursuits. My family has benefited tremendously from Mr. Juelfs. We are lucky to have him.

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
Article comment by: Joe Citizen

I'm sure Joe has a great college football past years ago, but what does Nebraska have to do with Kingman? It seems like the administration at the new Lee Williams High School is doing what the school district has always done before...recruit and hire from the district the "selected group" of people to prop up their new downtown school, leaving the rest of the district as if we don't measure up, they had a chance to make something a good new thing for town and went selfish again I think there was an article about his son choosing to play sports there too as a Freshman recently. Sounds like the Ray Smith - Joe Juelfs connection from past Kingman High School sports who quit to construction contractors now are back to Lee High School sports again. Wow! Some people never change.

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Article comment by: Guillermo Tarango


Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Article comment by: patrick mcmullen

We are honored at Lee Williams and in Kingman to have such a great role model and a leader to show our kids how to get the job done..Thxs Coach for all you Do...Congrats

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