Gary Danielson
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Gary Danielson in 2013
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Personal information
Born: (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 71)
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. Since 2006, he has worked for CBS Sports as a commentator for its Southeastern Conference college football coverage and previously held the same position for ABC Sports from 1997 through 2005 and ESPN from 1990 through 1996.

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. In his junior and senior years, as starting quarterback, he helped Divine Child win two straight Catholic High School League championships.[1] 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 14 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions with a 45.6 percent completion rate in three seasons as a starter.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life

Danielson is married to wife Kristy with whom he has four children.[4] The two met in college at Purdue, where Kristy's father, George King, was the head basketball coach and athletic director.[5]

The Danielson family resided in Rochester Hills, Michigan and the children attended Rochester Adams High School. His son, Matt, played college football at Northwestern.[6]

Danielson ran an importing and exporting business with former Lions teammate James Jones in the early 1990s.[7] He has also invested in business ventures with former Browns teammate Bernie Kosar.[8]


  1. ^ "Gary's Arm Wins For Devine Child". Detroit Free Press. November 2, 1968. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "Gary Danielson College Stats".
  3. ^ WFL summary page - accessed October 9, 2010,
  4. ^ a b "CBS Sports TV Team -". Archived from the original on October 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Traylor, Grant (June 9, 2012). "Danielson sounds off on college football". The Herald-Dispatch. Huntington, West Virginia.
  6. ^ "Matt Danielson Profile - NUSPORTS.COM - the Northwestern Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Milian, Jorge (September 9, 1994). "Jones Leaves The Backfield For Broadcast Booth". Sun-Sentinel. Deerfield Beach, Florida.
  8. ^ Business Wire (November 17, 2011). "Former NFL Teammates Gary Danielson And Bernie Kosar To Champion Capsalus Corp. Health & Wellness Platform". ((cite web)): |author= has generic name (help)