Danny Kanell

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Danny Kanell
No. 13
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-11-21) November 21, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Westminster
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Debuted in 1996
Last played in 2004
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDINT31–34
Yards5,129
QB Rating63.2
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Danny Kanell
No. 13
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-11-21) November 21, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Westminster
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Debuted in 1996
Last played in 2004
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDINT31–34
Yards5,129
QB Rating63.2
Stats at NFL.com

Daniel Paul Kanell (born November 21, 1973 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League, and Arena Football League. He is currently employed by ESPN as an analyst and was the host of ESPNU's late-night sports and humor show UNITE before the show was canceled in June 2013.[1]

College career[edit]

He attended Florida State University, where he played quarterback for four years. As a freshman, Kanell won the job of backing up starter Charlie Ward, the team's first freshman backup since Chip Ferguson in 1985.[2] After doing well in occasional backup play, he won the job again as a sophomore despite increased competition.[3] The team later moved to alternating between Kanell and fellow sophomore Jon Stark as backups, though Kannell was given the start when Florida State held out Ward against Maryland due to bruised ribs and Kanell responded by completing 28 of 38 passes for 341 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions.[4] Overall that year, he threw for 499 yards with 7 TD vs 0 INT while backing up Ward, who won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien, Maxwell, and Walter Camp Awards that year.

In his junior year, he threw for 2,781 yards with 17 TD vs 13 INT on 380 pass attempts. He was a part of the famous Choke at Doak game against Florida, where he led Florida State back from a 28-point deficit to tie the game. He then helped the team beat Florida in the rematch at the Sugar Bowl, finishing the year with a 10–1–1 record.

In his senior year, he threw for 2,957 yards with 32 TD vs 13 INT on 402 pass attempts. He led the team to a 9–2 record, including a win over Notre Dame in the 1996 Orange Bowl He was given an "honorable mention" in the All-American list of his senior year.

During his career at the university he played in 45 games and completed 62.2% of his 851 pass attempts. He threw for 6,372 yards, 57 touchdowns (at the time a school record) and 26 interceptions over his four years as a Seminole. He also ran for one touchdown and managed to catch one pass for a loss of three yards. In September 2012 Kanell was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kanell also played baseball during his freshman and sophomore years, playing in 28 games over the two seasons. He was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Yankees in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round (130th overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut later that season. The next season in New York, Kanell became the starter and played the last ten games of the 1997 season, leading the Giants to the NFC Eastern Division title. In those ten games he threw for 1,740 yards with eleven touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Giants played in the playoffs against the Minnesota Vikings but lost 23–22. Kanell went 16/32 with 199 yards and one touchdown in that game. The following year, Kanell started all ten games he played in while throwing for 1,603 yards, eleven touchdowns and ten interceptions. With a record of 3–7 at that point, the Giants benched Kanell in favor of Kent Graham, who led the Giants to a 5–1 record down the stretch and an 8–8 finish. At the end of the season the Giants signed Kerry Collins from the New Orleans Saints and cut Kanell to make enough salary cap room to pay Collins' salary.

In the off season Kanell found a home with the Atlanta Falcons as a backup to their oft injured starting quarterback Chris Chandler. He played in Atlanta for two years, starting two games and playing in eight. As a Falcon he completed 99 of 200 attempted passes for a total of 1,117 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. At the end of the 2000 season he was cut by the Falcons and didn't manage to sign with another team.

A year later, Kanell signed with the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League for the 2002 season, appearing in four games in Aaron Garcia's absence. Following that, he was signed during training camp by the Denver Broncos. He made the roster as the third-string quarterback in Denver but was let go shortly through the season. Seven games into the season, starting quarterback Jake Plummer and backup quarterback Steve Beuerlein suffered with foot and hand injuries, respectively. Kanell was recalled to the Broncos and started two games until Beuerlein and Plummer returned. He threw two touchdowns and five interceptions on 103 pass attempts. Kanell remained with the Broncos for one more year as the backup to Plummer. He never played, as Plummer became the first Broncos quarterback in franchise history to take every offensive snap. After the 2004 season, he was cut by the Broncos and was not picked up by another NFL team.

Baseball career[edit]

Kanell was drafted out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers, and after his junior year at Florida State by the New York Yankees in the 24th round. However, he saw football as more important and signed with the Giants.

During a layoff from football in 2001, Kanell returned to baseball, playing in the minor leagues for the Atlantic League's Newark Bears. He played at first base, third base and designated hitter. Kanell said he wanted to eventually play for the Yankees, as he grew up idolizing Don Mattingly.[5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Kanell is currently employed by ESPN, he is the former host of ESPNU's, 'UNITE' and currently the color analyst for Friday Night college football games and college baseball. Kanell also has guest appearances on ESPN Radio's 'SVP & Rusillo'

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