Joseph David Berger (born May 25, 1982 in Newaygo, Michigan) is an American football guard for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan Tech.
Berger has also played for the Miami Dolphins.
Joe Berger attended Newaygo High School in Newaygo, Michigan
. As a senior, he was the team captain of his team, an All-Western Waterways Activities Conference selection, and an Academic All-State honorable mention. During his two year varsity football career, he played offensive lineman, and as a defensive lineman, he posted 238 tackles and one interception.
Berger was a walk-on College Football
player at Michigan Tech University
. He was a four-time Academic All-GLIAC selection, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District pick, and a two-time All-American pick. He also played in the Cactus Bowl
and the NCAA Division II All-Star
Berger was drafted by the Carolina Panthers
in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft
. However, he was signed to the practice squad and never played in a game for them.
He was picked up by the Dolphins before the start of the 2005 NFL season
, and played in three games. A sprained right foot suffered in training camp kept him inactive during the 2006 season, and he was eventually waived.
Shortly after his release from the Dolphins in 2006, Berger was claimed by the Cowboys.
A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Berger signed his one-year tender offer from the Cowboys on April 17.
Berger graduated Magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 2005.