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Joel Makovicka
Date of birth (1975-10-06) October 6, 1975 (age 48)
Place of birthBrainard, Nebraska, U.S.
Career information
US collegeNebraska
High schoolBrainard (NE) East Butler
NFL draft1999 / Round: 4 / Pick 116
Career history
As player
1999–2002Arizona Cardinals
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Joel P. Makovicka (born October 6, 1975) is an American former professional football player who was a fullback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Joel is one of the most decorated fullbacks in Husker history and owns the school record for a fullback with 13 career touchdowns from 1995 to 1998. During his stay at Nebraska, Makovicka was a two-time first-team academic All-American and three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 performer. He also was a member of three national championship teams. The younger brother of another Husker walk-on fullback from Brainard, Nebraska, Jeff Makovicka, Joel finished his career with 1,447 yards rushing on an average of 5.9 yards per carry while making 22 starts for the scarlet and cream. As a junior, he produced the fourth-highest rushing total by a fullback in school history with 685 yards. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft and started 10 games at fullback for the Cardinals as a rookie.[1]

After his football career he returned to school at Creighton University where he received his doctorate in physical therapy. He opened his first PT clinic in 2009 and now manages a practice with numerous clinics in the Omaha and Lincoln metro area.[2]


  1. ^ "1999 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  2. ^ "Makovicka Physical Therapy".