Danny Villa
No. 73, 75, 74, 72     
Guard, tackle, center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-09-21) September 21, 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth: Nogales, Arizona
Career information
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 5 / Pick: 113
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 1987 1991, 1997)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1986)
Games played     157
Games started     77
Stats at
Stats at

Daniel A. Villa (born September 21, 1964) is a former American football guard who played twelve professional seasons in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Phoenix Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Carolina Panthers. Villa played college football at Arizona State University.

Villa was born in Nogales, Arizona and is of Mexican descent.[1]

Danny Villa was a first team All American and PAC-10 selection in 1986. Villa was one of the major reasons Arizona State averaged more than 200 yards rushing per game for 17 consecutive contests in 1985 and 86. Villa was named honorable mention All-PAC 10 in 1985. After not starting a game in 1984 and being moved from quick tackle to strong guard in spring practice then moved back again. Villa played very well against a tough Arkansas rush defense in the 1985 Holiday Bowl. He performed in the 1987 East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. While playing at Arizona State Danny Villa wore number 73

Villa was the athletic director at Walpole High School in Walpole, Massachusetts.[2] He also served as the head coach of the Walpole Rebels, the Walpole high school football team.[3]

On December 27, 2008, Villa was arrested in Tucson, Arizona for charges of child rape that absolutely occurred while coaching in Massachusetts. On August 26, 2009, he pleaded guilty in court to three counts of rape of a child and two counts of enticing a child. He was sentenced to two years on the first and second rape indictments with 2 years concurrent on the enticing indictments. According to a press release from Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating, he was sentenced to "7 years probation on the third rape indictment with conditions of probation that he must register as a sex offender, submit to GPS monitoring while on probation, have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family and he cannot work with any children under the age of 16. Judge Chernoff also ordered an 'exclusion zone' around every school in the Commonwealth, meaning that Villa cannot set foot in any school in Massachusetts while on probation." [4][5]


  1. Mario Longoria, Athletes Remembered: Mexicano/Latino Professional Football Players, 1929-1970, Bilingual Press, 1997, p. 130.
  2. "Adiminstration".
  3. Walpole High School Rebels Football, Coaches and Players
  4. Villa pleads guilty to rape of a child
  5. Villa admits to child rape


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