|Date of birth||January 22, 1964|
|Place of birth||Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|College||Plymouth State University|
Dudek received national attention when he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's December 2, 1985 issue as the magazine's pick for the Heisman Trophy after he broke Walter Payton's NCAA record for career touchdowns. Dudek finished ninth in the voting, the best result ever for a non-Division I player.
Dudek finished his collegiate career with ten school records, and holds the NCAA record for career 100-yard rushing games, (30) and games with two or more touchdowns (24). Plymouth State went 37-6 during his time there, reaching the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs twice and earning their first-ever NCAA playoff appearance. To this date, Dudek's jersey is the only one that Plymouth State has retired.
- "What The Heck, Why Not Dudek?" Sports Illustrated 2 December 1985
- "#22 Joe Dudek" Plymouth State University
- "The Story of Bo and Joe", Grantland.com, December 7, 2012
- "Joe Dudek Profile" databasefootball.com
- "Where are they now? Plymouth State Football Legend Joe Dudek" The Citizen October 26, 2010
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