Joe Senser

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Joe Senser
No. 81
Born: (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Tight end
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight240 lb (110 kg)
CollegeWest Chester (PA)
High schoolMilton Hershey School
(Hershey, Pennsylvania)
NFL draft1979 / Round: 6 / Pick 152
Career history
As player
1980–1984Minnesota Vikings
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls1

Joseph Michael Senser (born August 18, 1956) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). A 6'4", 240 lbs. tight end from West Chester University, Senser was selected in the sixth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

He ranks third in Vikings history among tight ends for catches (165) and touchdowns (16), and earned a berth in the Pro Bowl after the 1981 season. He played in all sixteen games in 1981, setting career highs in receptions (79), yards (1,004), yards per catch (12.7) and touchdowns (8)[1]

He was also a onetime leader in NCAA basketball statistics for field goal percentage. A serious knee injury forced Senser to miss the entire 1983 NFL season, but he returned in 1984.


Senser is a 1974 graduate of the Milton Hershey School, a home for underprivileged children and the prime benefactor of Milton Hershey's legacy.

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 University of St. Thomas football (NCAA Division III) broadcasts beginning in 2011.

Senser is part owner of Joe Senser's Restaurant & Sports Theater which has locations in Bloomington and Roseville, Minnesota. He is married with four daughters and one granddaughter. One of his daughters is singer Brittani Senser.

On August 23, 2011, a Mercedes SUV registered to Senser was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident near the Augsburg University campus in Minneapolis.[2] On September 2, 2011, the Senser family's attorney released a statement that "the driver in this incident was Ms. Amy Senser",[3][4] who is his wife. She was convicted of felony criminal vehicular homicide and sentenced to forty-one months in prison.[5][6]

In May 2016, the state attorney general asked the Hershey Trust Company to remove Senser and two other long-serving board members. The attorney general cited "apparent violations" by the firm of a previous agreement to reform.[7]

On November 26, 2016, WCCO television news reported that Senser was undergoing physical therapy for a stroke suffered earlier in the year.


  1. ^ "Joe Senser: Career Stats". National Football League. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Abby Simons (September 9, 2011). "SUV at center of fatal hit-run off I-94 belongs to Joe Senser". Star Tribune. Minneapolis/St. Paul. Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Katie Minitz (September 8, 2011). "Amy Senser of Edina named as driver in fatal hit-and-run". Edina Sun-Current. pp. D1–2, 10. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  4. ^ David Chanen (September 3, 2011). "Senser's wife was driver in deadly hit-and-run accident". Star Tribune. Minneapolis/St. Paul.
  5. ^ "Phanthavong's Family Members React To Senser Ruling". CBS Minnesota. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Offender Information: Amy Margaret Senser". Minnesota Department of Corrections. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Bob (May 3, 2016). "AG wants to remove 3 leaders of Hershey Trust". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 3, 2016.

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