Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger
  • BS Mechanical Engineering 2005
Most magna cum laude graduates of Michigan Tech seek jobs in their field of study to begin their career. For 2005 alumnus Joe Berger (pronounced Bur-jur), who earned his bachelor's degree with a 3.8 grade point average in mechanical engineering, this was not the case. His career started on the field - playing in the National Football League.

There are plenty of twists and turns on Berger's road to being a pro football player. Beside the fact that very few NCAA Division II players get a chance at a pro career, Berger's focus on academics and earning his MTU degree nearly derailed his opportunities for a coveted spot on an NFL roster. read more at

Berger recently signed a 3-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, after spending 2 1/2 years with the Dallas Cowboys.

Excerpted from Michigan Tech Magazine, December 2005

Updated April 2009