|Date of birth:||October 16, 1935|
|Place of birth:||Monrovia, California|
|NFL Draft:||1959 / Round: 12 / Pick: 141
(By the Los Angeles Rams)
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Michael James Connelly (born October 16, 1935 in Monrovia, California) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Utah State University and was drafted in the 12th round of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
He attended Pasadena High School. After a 2 year stint with the United States Marine Corps, he went on to play at Utah State University from 1958 to 1959, where he was a two-way player, center and guard on offense and linebacker on defense. He garnered All-Skyline Conference honors as a senior.
Los Angeles Rams
He was released by the Rams at the end of the 1960 preseason.
He was switched over to center before the 1961 campaign, becoming a regular starter there for four years. Connelly was very quick for his position, and as an avid weightlifter, he also became one of the strongest players on the team.
In 1965 he started to split time with Dave Manders who eventually won the starting job. He then served as a backup center and guard, until an injury to Manders put Connelly back in the starting lineup during all of the 1967 season, which included the Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, popularly known as the Ice Bowl.
True to his word, he played only the 1968 season before retiring.
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