The Most HEROIC Game in Detroit Lions HISTORY | Gary Danielson
In a 1980 NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, Lions starting quarterback Gary Danielson, who was starting after missing all of the 1979 season due to injury, decided to play in the game despite losing his nine-day old daughter less than 72 hours before the game. What followed was the best game of his career. This is the story behind the most heroic and inspiring game in the history of the Lions
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Gary Danielson 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. He is currently working for CBS Sports as a commentator for its college football coverage and previously held the same position for ABC Sports
Danielson played high school football at Divine Child High School under Tony Versaci in Dearborn, Michigan, and graduated from the school in 1969. 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 30 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions with a 46 percent completion rate in two full seasons as a starter.
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. 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.
Gary Danielson played for the following teams:
Members of the 1980 Lions when Gary Danielson played this game: