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Glenn Thomas Carano (born November 18, 1955) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys for seven seasons. Carano also played for the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Glenn Carano
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Personal information
Born: (1955-11-18) November 18, 1955 (age 63)
San Pedro, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Reno (NV) Wooster
NFL Draft:1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:304
QB Rating:65.2
Pass completions:21
Pass attempts:57
Games played:36
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Player stats at PFR


Early yearsEdit

Born in San Pedro, California, Carano graduated from Earl Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada, in 1973. He played college football at UNLV and was a three-year starter at quarterback.

In 1974, sophomore Carano helped UNLV achieve a number two ranking in Division II, after the school completed their one and only undefeated regular season. The Rebels met Delaware in the Grantland Rice Bowl, a national semifinal, but lost 49–11.[1] In the backfield with Carano was senior running back Mike Thomas, a fifth round selection in the 1975 NFL Draft and the offensive rookie of the year with the Washington Redskins.

As a senior in 1976 under new head coach Tony Knap, Carano completed 148 of 277 passes for 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns,[2] while leading the Rebels to the Division II Midwest Regional (national quarterfinal) and a number seven national ranking. In his college career, Carano completed 337 of 636 passes for 5,095 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Carano was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

In the 1977 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys didn't have a second round draft choice, after trading three of them to the Seattle Seahawks as part of the package to acquire Tony Dorsett. On May 3, the Cowboys traded wide receiver Duke Fergerson to the Seahawks in exchange for the 26th position in the second round, used to select Carano.[3]

From 1977 to 1979, Carano was the third-string quarterback behind Roger Staubach and Danny White. In 1980, he became the backup after the retirement of Staubach.

Carano is perhaps best remembered for replacing the injured White in the 1981 Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears and helping the Cowboys to a 10–9 comeback win.[4] The next game was the only start of his NFL career, in which he completed 7 of 18 passes for 51 yards in a 37–13 win against the Baltimore Colts.[5] Notably, the opposing quarterback for the Colts, David Humm, was also making his first and only NFL start, the only time in NFL history two "one and done" quarterbacks have ever faced off.[6] Carano and Humm were the subjects of an NFL Films piece entitled "My One and Only," recounting the 1981 game; it noted that the two had been friends since high school (both played high school football in Nevada), and remained friends until Humm's death in 2018.[7]

In 1982, Carano was passed on the depth chart by Gary Hogeboom for the backup quarterback role behind White.[8]

Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL)Edit

On December 1, 1983, Carano signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League where he completed 53.7% of his passes for 2,368 yards, 13 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in the 1984 season.[9] The next year owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. folded the team, after the USFL announced that they would be switching to a fall schedule in 1986.

Personal lifeEdit

Carano has served on the Nevada Athletic Commission, the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority Marketing Committee, the Board of Directors for the Airport Authority of Washoe Country, and the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He is married to Lamise Carano and has three daughters, Kasey, Gina and Christi. Gina is a television personality, retired mixed martial arts fighter, actress and fitness model. His father, Donald L. "Don" Carano, was a hotelier in Nevada.[10]

He is currently the General Manager of Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino and Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada.


  1. ^ "Delaware Destroys Las Vegas". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "No Name From Nowhere Just Could Be Nations Best". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Pokes Acquire Quarterback". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. May 4, 1977. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "Glenn Carano Rallies Cowboys". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cowboys hand Colts 13th loss in a row". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. December 7, 1981. p. 4C.
  6. ^ "NFL Films Presents: My One and Only". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "NFL Films Presents: My One and Only". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Landry Ready To Talk Trade". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Carano Joins The Maulers". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Burgundian Model". Retrieved January 3, 2016.

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