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Gary Danielson
Jersey #(s)
Born September 10, 1951 (1951-09-10) (age 58)
Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 19761988
College Purdue
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 81-78
Yards 13,764
QB Rating 76.6
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Career highlights and awards
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Gary Danielson (born September 10, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football quarterback. He played for the Detroit Lions from 1976 to 1984 and for the Cleveland Browns in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He amassed 13,764 passing yards and 81 touchdowns in 101 games as a professional. He ranks fourth in Lions history in passing yards and touchdowns. His five touchdowns in a 1978 game against the Minnesota Vikings is still a Lions record.



Danielson played high school football at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan, graduating in 1969.

Before turning pro, Danielson played for three years at Purdue University, graduating in 1973. While at Purdue, he had 14 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions with a 46 percent completion rate in 2 years as a starter. He spent two years in the World Football League, signing with the Lions after that league's demise.


Broadcasting career

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 No. 1 broadcast team during Southeastern Conference telecasts. He also serves as the college football radio analyst for Mad Dog Unleashed with Chris Russo on Sirius XM Radio where he appears weekly during the college football season.




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Preceded by
Mike Phipps
Purdue Boilermakers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Bo Bobrowski
Preceded by
Paul McDonald
Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Bernie Kosar


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