Mike Danna
Danna with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021
No. 51 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-04) December 4, 1997 (age 24)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:De La Salle Collegiate
(Warren, Michigan)
College:Central Michigan (2015–2018)
Michigan (2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 5 / Pick: 177
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-MAC (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Pass deflections:1
Forced fumbles:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael Danna (born December 1, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Central Michigan and Michigan.

High school career

Danna began playing football at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan.[1] In 2014, he led the school to a state title. Danna compiled 20 tackles-for-loss and earned All-State special mention from the Associated Press.[2]

College career

Danna played three seasons at Central Michigan and earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honors in 2018.[3] He transferred to Michigan where he was a part-time starter. Danna had 38 tackles (three for a loss) and three sacks during the 2019 season.[4] He had six tackles and a sack against Michigan State, earning Team Defensive Lineman of the Game honors. Danna also had five tackles and a sack against Iowa.[2]

Professional career

Danna was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 177th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[5]

In Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Danna recorded his first career sack during the 23–20 win.[6] He was placed on injured reserve on October 10, 2020, with a hamstring injury.[7] He was activated on October 31.[8] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on January 6, 2021,[9] and activated on January 11.[10]


  1. ^ McCabe, Mick. "Mike Danna dominates for Warren De La Salle". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b McMullen, Matt (April 25, 2020). "Five Things to Know About Fifth-Round DE Mike Danna". Chiefs.com. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mike Danna College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  4. ^ McMann, Aaron (April 25, 2020). "NFL Draft 2020: Michigan DE Mike Danna lands with Chiefs". MLive. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Butker good from 58 in OT, Chiefs survive Herbert's LA debut". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 20, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Goldman, Charles (October 10, 2020). "Chiefs rookie DE Mike Danna placed on injured reserve". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Goldman, Charles (October 31, 2020). "Chiefs make several roster moves on Saturday". USAToday.com. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Goldman, Charles (January 6, 2021). "Chiefs rookie DE Mike Danna placed on reserve/COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  10. ^ Goldman, Charles (January 11, 2021). "Chiefs activate LB Anthony Hitchens, DE Mike Danna from reserve/COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.