Joe Cerne

Joseph Cerne (Slovene: Joe Černe) (born April 26, 1942) is a former professional American football center in the National Football League (NFL). He played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. He is the first Slovene to play in the NFL.<ref></ref He was also called the best player in the league at his position.

Joe Cerne
No. 56
Personal information
Born: (1942-04-26) April 26, 1942 (age 77)
Črnomelj, Slovenia
Career information
NFL Draft:1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16
AFL draft:1965 / Round: 9 / Pick: 69
(by the Kansas City Chiefs)[1]
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:45
Games started:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at


  1. ^ "1965 AFL Draft". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.