When he was drafted by Carolina in 2005 Joe became one of only three football players to be drafted from Michigan Tech and the first since 1987 when the Giants selected quarterback Dave Walter in the 11th Round (307th overall). The other Michigan Tech draftee, running back Jim VanWagner, was selected by the 49ers in the seventh round (183rd overall ) of the 1977 draft.
Signed a multi-year contract with the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent from Dallas on February 27, 2009 ... Claimed by Dallas off waivers from Miami on Nov. 24, 2006 ... Waived by Dolphins on November 23, 2006 ... Signed by the Dolphins off Carolina’s practice squad on September 7, 2005 ... Was waived by Carolina on September 3, 2005 and then signed to the team’s practice squad two days later ... Second of two sixth-round draft choices (207th overall) by the Panthers in 2005, with a compensatory pick from the NFL for net free agent losses from 2004.
2010 - Started at center 14 games this season, played in a reserve role once and was inactive on Nov. 18th vs. Chicago with a knee injury ... Was part of offensive line that helped team rush for 186 yards on Nov. 28th at Oakland.
2009 - Played in all 16 games with Miami starting at center for each of the final six games ... Saw extensive action at Carolina (11/19) following series of injuries to starting offensive linemen ... Made first start of NFL career at Buffalo (11/29).
2008 - Saw action with Dallas in a special teams role for the Cowboys first five games ... Inactive the next 11 games.
2007 - Was on the active roster for three games and was inactive for the remaining 13 and the club’s Divisional Playoff Game ... Dressed but did not play at Chicago (9/23) and at Carolina (12/22) ... Saw his only action of the season in the fourth quarter in place of Leonard Davis at right guard in the season finale at Washington (12/30).
2006 - Was inactive for 11 games with Miami and five games with Dallas.
2005 - Played in three games, all in a reserve role in his rookie season with the Dolphins ... Was inactive for 12 contests, including each of the first 11 ... Dressed but did not play vs. Buffalo (12/4) ... Saw action in each of the final three games of the year ... Played as a reserve in each of Carolina’s four preseason games.
Four-year letterwinner at Michigan Tech (2001-04), where he started a total of 28 games at the right tackle spot over the last three seasons ... Was a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pick each of his final two years as well as the Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Following his senior season, played in the Division II All-Star Cactus Bowl where he earned the Jim Langer Award as the top offensive lineman ... Opened three games at left tackle as a freshman in 2001 ... Redshirted in 2000 ... Majored in mechanical engineering.
Married (Abigail) ... Has two sons, Gavin and Blake ... Attended Newaygo (Mich.) High School ... Was an All-Western Waterways Activities Conference selection as a senior ... Played two seasons of football during which time he totaled 238 tackles and an interception ... In his final prep season, also served as team captain and was an Academic All-State honorable mention selection ... Has participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament and Kids Fishing Clinic ... Took part in the inaugural Miami Dolphins Touchdown For Life Blood Drive ... Full name is Joseph David Berger, born May 25, 1982.