Gary Danielson

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Gary Danielson
No. 16, 18
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
College: Purdue
Debuted in 1976 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 1988 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDINT81–78
Yards13,764
QB Rating76.6
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Gary Danielson
No. 16, 18
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
College: Purdue
Debuted in 1976 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 1988 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDINT81–78
Yards13,764
QB Rating76.6
Stats at NFL.com

Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Detroit Lions from 1976 to 1984 and for the Cleveland Browns in 1985, 1987, and 1988. He is currently working for CBS Sports as a commentator for its college football coverage and previously held the same position for ABC Sports.

Playing career[edit]

Danielson played high school football at Divine Child High School under Tony Versaci in Dearborn, Michigan, and graduated in 1969. He played college football at Purdue University and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in industrial management. He would later earn a Master's degree in physical education in 1976. Danielson had succeeded Mike Phipps as the Boilermakers' starting quarterback in 1971, and had 30 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions with a 46 percent completion rate in 2 years as a starter.

Danielson spent two years in the short-lived World Football League as a non-starter, with the New York Stars/Charlotte Hornets in 1974 and the Chicago Winds in 1975.[1] The Winds franchise folded a month before the league's collapse in October, and Danielson signed with the Lions for the 1976 season.

He amassed 13,764 passing yards and 81 touchdowns in 101 games in the NFL. He ranks fourth in Lions history in passing yards and touchdowns. His five touchdowns in a 1978 game against the Minnesota Vikings is still tied for a Lions record.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Danielson got a start on his broadcasting career before his playing days were over. He was a part-time anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV during the off-season while a member of the Lions. In Cleveland, he co-hosted a sports talk show while a member of the Browns.[2]

After retiring from the Browns, Danielson joined ESPN as a college football analyst. He continued to work in that capacity for ESPN/ABC Sports until 2006, when he joined CBS Sports as a college football analyst. At CBS, he works with Verne Lundquist on the network's primary broadcast team during Southeastern Conference telecasts. He also serves as the college football radio analyst for Paul Finebaum where he appears weekly during the college football season. Starting in the 2011 college football season, Danielson became a weekly guest on Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN with Mike Francesa.

Personal[edit]

Danielson is married to wife Kristy with whom he has four children.[3] The two met in college at Purdue, where Kristy's father George King was the head basketball coach.[4]

The Danielson family resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where the children attended Rochester Adams High School. Son Matt Danielson played college football at Northwestern.[5]

Danielson ran an importing and exporting business with former Lions teammate James Jones in the early 1990s.[6] He has also invested in business ventures with former Browns teammate Bernie Kosar.[7]

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Preceded by
Mike Phipps
Purdue Boilermakers starting quarterbacks
1971-72
Succeeded by
Bo Bobrowski