Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-09-02) September 2, 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth: Spokane, Washington
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 10 / Pick: 257
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Green Bay Packers (1975)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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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.

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.[2][3]

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.[4][5][6] He appeared in the season's final twelve games. With Marcol returning in 1976, 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.[7]

In 1981, Danelo kicked a team-record 55-yard field goal for the Giants on September 20 (since broken),[8] and tied the NFL record of six field goals (with no misses) on October 18 (also since broken) at the Kingdome in Seattle.[9][10]


His youngest son was Mario Danelo (1985–2007), a USC Trojans placekicker.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Bruce (July 9, 1981). "Danelo visits". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 31.
  2. "Miami tabs Danelo today; he's 3rd Cougar drafted". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13. January 29, 1975.
  3. Emerson, Paul (January 30, 1975). "Pro draft holds some surprises". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  4. Hofmann, Dale (October 4, 1975). "Packer gets kicker for Dolphins". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 1, part 2.
  5. "Danelo gets Packer pact". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 10. October 4, 1975.
  6. "Packers find kicker in Danelo". Milwaukee Journal: p. 12. October 4, 1975.
  7. Vaughan, Sue (March 22, 1978). "Danelo likes Gotham; Holmes after break". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 34.
  8. Bonapace, Ruth (September 21, 1981). "Phil Simms completes 28 as Giants fly". The Day ((New London, Connecticut)): p. 19.
  9. Cour, Jim (October 19, 1981). "Danelo kicks record six field goals". The Day. Associated Press ((New London, Connecticut)): p. 19.
  10. "Danelo's 'six pack' rewards family's trip". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 16. October 19, 1981.
  11. Blanchette, John (September 21, 2007). "Friends, family embrace legacy Mario Danelo built". Spokesman-Review: p. C1.

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