Gary Danielson

Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951) is a former professional American football player and a current college football commentator. Danielson was 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; he previously held the same position for ABC Sports.

Gary Danielson
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Gary Danielson in 2013
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Personal information
Born:September 10, 1951 (age 67)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Career history
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:76.6
Player stats at

Playing career

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 1970, and had 30 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions with a 46 percent completion rate in two full seasons 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

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, partnered with Verne Lundquist (and later Brad Nessler) 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. He has also become a regular guest on The Dan Patrick Show.

Personal life

Danielson is married to wife Kristy with whom he has four children.[2] The two met in college at Purdue, where Kristy's father, George King, was the head basketball coach and athletic director.[3]

The Danielson family resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where the children attended Rochester Adams High School. Son Matt Danielson played college football at Northwestern.[4]

Danielson ran an importing and exporting business with former Lions teammate James Jones in the early 1990s.[5] He has also invested in business ventures with former Browns teammate Bernie Kosar.[6]


  1. ^ WFL summary page - accessed October 9, 2010
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  3. ^ Traylor, Grant (June 9, 2012). "Danielson sounds off on college football". The Herald-Dispatch. Huntington, West Virginia.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Milian, Jorge (September 9, 1994). "Jones Leaves The Backfield For Broadcast Booth". Sun-Sentinel. Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  6. ^ Business Wire (November 17, 2011). "Former NFL Teammates Gary Danielson And Bernie Kosar To Champion Capsalus Corp. Health & Wellness Platform".
1971 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1971 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season.

1972 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1972 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. It was Bob DeMoss' final season as head coach of the team.

This was the first time Purdue played an 11-game schedule. Every Big Ten team except the Boilermakers and Ohio State added an 11th game for the first time in 1971. The Buckeyes did not play an 11-game slate until 1974.

1978 Detroit Lions season

The 1978 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League. Under new head coach and former NFL player Monte Clark, the Lions continue to struggle with mediocrity finishing in third place again with a less than stellar record of 7–9.

This season would also be the swan song for starting quarterback Greg Landry's stellar ten-year career in Detroit, as in the offseason was shipped to the Baltimore Colts for a 1979 fourth round pick (#88-Ulysses Norris), a 1979 fifth round pick (#131-Walt Brown), and a 1980 third round pick (#62-Mike Friede), in a rebuilding process begun by head coach Monte Clark.

1979 Detroit Lions season

The 1979 Detroit Lions season was the 50th season in franchise history. In the midst of a major rebuilding project, the woeful Lions finished the season with a 2–14 record, equal-worst record in the NFL and a tiebreaker with the 49ers gave the Lions the first pick overall in the 1980 NFL Draft. Detroit entered the year as a favorite in the NFC Central, but a season-ending injury to quarterback Gary Danielson in the preseason forced the Lions to ultimately turn to a rookie ninth-round pick, Jeff Komlo, behind center, with disastrous results.

1980 Detroit Lions season

The 1980 Detroit Lions season was the 51st season in franchise history. As the result of their 2–14 1979 season, the Lions were able to select Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma Sooner halfback Billy Sims with the first pick in the NFL draft. In his rookie season, Sims rushed his way to the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award while carrying the Lions back to respectability. After winning their first four games, the Lions stumbled down the stretch including costly 1-point losses to the Colts and lowly Cardinals. While they vastly improved overall, finishing 9–7, the Lions narrowly lost the NFC Central Division title to the Minnesota Vikings by virtue of a conference record tiebreaker. The Lions won nine NFC games to the Vikings’ eight, but Minnesota had a better winning percentage in the conference. The Lions’ 1979 fifth place finish meant they played two extra NFC games, resulting in five conference losses to the Vikings' four losses.

1981 Detroit Lions season

The 1981 Detroit Lions season was their 52nd in the league. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's record of 9–7, winning eight games. The Lions started off the first four games even at 2-2. In the fourth game of the season, starting quarterback Gary Danielson suffered a dislocated wrist, which ended his season. Backup quarterback Jeff Komlo finished the game and was named the starter for the next week. In the next two games, Komlo struggled. The Lions lost both of those games. Head Coach Monte Clark made the decision to give third-string quarterback Eric Hipple start on a Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears. In front of approximately 71,000 fans, Clark's gamble paid off as the Lions defeated the Bears 48-17.

Star halfback Billy Sims continued to play solid football, amassing 1,888 total yards in total offense while scoring a team-high 14 touchdowns. The Lions had a chance to win the division on the last day against Tampa Bay, but lost and finished in second place in the NFC Central with an 8–8 record. The team missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season.

1983 Detroit Lions season

The 1983 Detroit Lions season was the 54th season in franchise history. Despite an awful 1-4 start, the Lions rallied to finish with a 9-7 record. They were able to rise to the top of a weak NFC Central, to claim their first division championship since 1957 and the first time the team had made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since making it three straight years from 1960-1962. The Lions would not return to the postseason for another eight years.

The offense ranked 15th in the NFL in points scored, leaving the defense to carry the load. The Lions’ defense turned out to be the second-best in the league in points allowed, keyed defensive tackle Doug English and his 13 sacks. English was the team’s only Pro Bowler, though he also got some help from defensive end William Gay, who registered 13 ½ sacks of his own. In the NFC playoffs, the Lions lead the San Francisco 49ers late into the 4th Quarter, until Joe Montana drove the 49ers down the field for a 14-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Solomon to give the 49ers a 24–23 lead. The Lions would have a chance to win the game, as Gary Danielson drove them into field goal range, but placekicker Eddie Murray missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.

1984 Detroit Lions season

The 1984 Detroit Lions season was their 55th in the National Football League. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning only four games. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. In a Lions season littered with numerous key injuries, the most painful was star running back Billy Sims suffering a career-ending knee injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings during the season. In just five seasons in the NFL since joining Detroit in 1980, Sims had set the Lions career rushing mark at 5,106.

2002 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2002 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season, the 108th season of Sooner football. The team was led by Bob Stoops in his fourth season as head coach. They played their games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They were a charter of the Big 12 Conference.

Conference play began with a win over the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Missouri on October 5, and ended with their second win over the Colorado Buffaloes that season in the 2002 Big 12 Championship Game on December 7. The Sooners finished the regular season 11–2 (7–2 in Big 12), winning their second Big 12 title and their 38th conference title overall. They received an automatic berth to play in their first Rose Bowl in school history, where they beat the Washington State Cougars, 34–14.

Following the season, Andre Woolfolk was selected 28th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, along with Quentin Griffin in the 4th round, Jimmy Wilkerson in the 6th, and Trent Smith in the 7th.

Jamie Erdahl

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Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst

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