Joe is a son of the video-game age – his extensive knowledge of NFL rosters dates back to the early 1990s, when he could tell you that Bo Jackson was the greatest athlete of all time. Christian Okoye could launch a linebacker 35 yards through the air and Jim McMahon was the backup to the legendary “QB Eagles” in Tecmo Super Bowl. As soon as he could use a computer, he transferred this knowledge to fantasy football before he entered high school.
As with most sports writers, Dolan opted for the pen over the pads when he realized he had zero outstanding athletic ability. He attended Penn State University, where he ascended to sports editor of the Daily Collegian, PSU’s student-run independent publication. While at Penn State, Dolan covered basically every varsity sport the university fields in some capacity, and sat in on Joe Paterno press conferences before he could legally order a beer. After graduating from Penn State in May 2008, Dolan took a job producing content for PhiladelphiaEagles.com, where he covered the team extensively and served as an on-camera personality on The Writers’ Roundtable.
Much to the chagrin of co-worker Matt Camp, Dolan is a deranged Philadelphia Phillies fan, and witnessed the uprooting of several trees in Center City Philadelphia after the Phils captured their second world championship in October 2008. He subscribes to the theories of Bill James and other sabermetricians, and his dream job (except this one, of course) is to run an MLB franchise as general manager. In the meantime, the Easton, PA native is quite content following football for a living, and he enjoys going back to Penn State to soak up the remaining drops of his college life whenever a convenient weekend presents itself.