Gary Danielson
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Gary Danielson

Gary Danielson
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Gary Danielson in 2013
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Personal information
Born: (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Divine Child
(Dearborn, Michigan)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:76.6
Player stats at

Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951) is an American college football commentator and former professional American football player. 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 and previously held the same position for ABC Sports. He loves the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs (in that order), and jumps on bandwagons often. He is known for showcasing this bias on broadcasts by never criticizing these teams- just highlighting how unlucky they were. [1]

Playing career

Danielson played high school football at Divine Child High School under Tony Versaci in Dearborn, Michigan, and graduated from the school 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 currently 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.[]

In Broadcasts, Danielson is known for his bias toward the Alabama Crimson Tide- as shown in the 85th edition of the Iron Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Alabama.

Personal life

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 and athletic director.[4]

The Danielson family resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan and the children attended Rochester Adams High School. His son, Matt, 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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  2. ^ WFL summary page - accessed October 9, 2010,
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  4. ^ Traylor, Grant (June 9, 2012). "Danielson sounds off on college football". The Herald-Dispatch. Huntington, West Virginia.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Milian, Jorge (September 9, 1994). "Jones Leaves The Backfield For Broadcast Booth". Sun-Sentinel. Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  7. ^ Business Wire (November 17, 2011). "Former NFL Teammates Gary Danielson And Bernie Kosar To Champion Capsalus Corp. Health & Wellness Platform".

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