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:
1976 Lions
1977 Lions
1978 Lions
1979 Lions
1980 Lions
1981 Lions
1982 Lions
1983 Lions
1984 Browns
1985 Browns
1986 Browns
1987 Browns

Members of the 1980 Lions when Gary Danielson played this game:
Eric Hipple
Jeff Komlo
Dexter Bussey
Ken Callicutt
Rich Kane
Horace King
Bo Robinson
Billy Sims
Ken Talton
John Arnold
Freddie Scott
Leonard Thompson
Jesse Thompson
Ray Williams
David Hill
Ulysses Norris
Karl Baldischwiler
Russ Bolinger
Chris Dieterich
Keith Dorney
Homer Elias
Amos Fowler
Tommie Ginn
Burton Lawless
Willie Parker
Tom Turnure
Mike Whited
Al Baker
William Gay
Leon Hayes
Mike McCoy
John Mendenhall
Dave Pureifory
Tom Tuinei
Garry Cobb
Eddie Cole
Ken Fantetti
Derrel Luce
Dave Simmons
Charlie Weaver
Stan White
Jimmy Allen
Luther Bradley
James Hunter
Eddie Lewis
Prentice McCray
Ray Oldham
Wayne Smith
Walt Williams
Eddie Murray
Tom Skladany
Doug English
James Harrell
DeWayne Jett
John Woodcock