One could summarize the gridiron
achievements of Joe Lundy simply and briefly. He played high school
football at California Community High School, California. PA, and
collegiate football at the University of Kansas. He is a member of the
Athletic Hall of Fame at both institutions.
Lundy was a tackle on the undefeated California team that won the WPIAL
Class A championship in 1949. He was All-Conference, All-Washington
County and All-WPIAL for three years, and won All-State honors twice.
A starter at tackle for his four years at Kansas, Lundy won the school's
Ormand Beach Memorial Award after his senior year. The recipient,
selected by vote of his teammates, is considered team's player of the
year and is the highest honor a Kansas player can receive. A 205-pound
tackle, Lundy received honorable mention status on several All-American
teams and was selected to play in the annual Blue-Grey Game in
Montgomery, AL where he was a starting offensive tackle on the Blue
When he first began his collegiate career, Lundy was still hampered by
poor eyesight. He was able to get the vision problem corrected with
contact lenses, remarking at one time, "It's great to be able to tell
something besides jersey colors." Drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Lundy
chose to continue pursuit of his mechanical engineering studies. He has
since become an aeronautical power plant research engineer and has won
citations for his work on Apollo, Jupiter and Saturn power plants, as
well for his participation in the First Manual Lunar Landing.