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Joseph Peter Danelo (born September 2, 1953) is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League for ten seasons with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Buffalo Bills.

Joe Danelo
Personal information
Born: (1953-09-02) September 2, 1953 (age 65)
Spokane, Washington
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school:Spokane (WA) Gonzaga Prep
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 10 / Pick: 257
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Danelo graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1971.[1] He played college football at Washington State University in Pullman under head coach Jim Sweeney,[1] and was selected in the tenth round of the 1975 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.


Professional careerEdit

The Dolphins kept Garo Yepremian and Danelo was back in Spokane when the Green Bay Packers called him to be a week-to-week injury replacement for Chester Marcol. He appeared in the season's final twelve games. With Marcol returning, Packer head coach Bart Starr promised a trade; Danelo pushed for the first-year expansion Seattle Seahawks, but wound up instead with the New York Giants.[2]

In 1981, Danelo kicked a team-record 55-yard field goal for the Giants on September 20 (since broken), and tied the NFL record of six field goals (with no misses) on October 18 (also since broken).


His youngest son was Mario Danelo (1985–2007), a USC Trojans placekicker.[3]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Bruce (July 9, 1981). "Danelo visits". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 31.
  2. ^ Vaughan, Sue (March 22, 1978). "Danelo likes Gotham; Holmes after break". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 34.
  3. ^ Blanchette, John (September 21, 2007). "Friends, family embrace legacy Mario Danelo built". Spokesman-Review. p. C1.

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