Pellom McDaniels
Date of birth: (1968-02-21) February 21, 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Career information
Position(s): Defensive End
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
College: Oregon State
 As player:
Birmingham Fire
Kansas City Chiefs
Atlanta Falcons
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Pellom McDaniels III (born February 21, 1968 in San Jose, California) is a former NFL defensive end who played from 1993 to 1999.

Early lifeEdit

McDaniels was the first child of Pellom and Mary McDaniels. Raised by his working class maternal grandparents, from them he learned his work ethic and drive to be successful. He displayed an early interest in the fine and applied arts, as well as athletics while attending Silver Creek High School in San Jose.

Collegiate careerEdit

McDaniels began his undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at Oregon State University where he experienced success as a student-athlete. He played defensive end for the Oregon State Beavers. In his junior season, he had 42 tackles and a team high 6.5 sacks. McDaniels earned 2nd team All-Pac-10 honors his senior year after finishing the season with 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Professional careerEdit

Following his collegiate career, McDaniels worked for Procter & Gamble as a Health and Beauty Care representative in the Portland, Oregon area before pursuing a professional football career in the World League of American Football with the Birmingham Fire. In 1991, McDaniels signed his first contract in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1992, the Kansas City Chiefs asked McDaniels to join the team’s practice roster, and from 1993 to 1998, he was an integral part of the heralded defense that both intimidated and dominated NFL offenses throughout the 90's.

While a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Football organization, McDaniels worked his way into this community, becoming a voice for Kansas City’s children while contributing the resources needed to begin the Arts for Smarts foundation. Programs like "Pellom and I Like Art", Wee Art, the "Fish Out Water" Writing program, and Smart Starts were designed to help children and young adults recognize and realize the possibilities for their futures. After spending two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, McDaniels retired from the NFL and began his pursuit of a graduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where he received both a Master of Arts and a PhD in American Studies. He is currently an assistant professor in history at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. In February 2009, McDaniels was instrumental in the creation of an exhibit at the William T. Kemper Foundation Art Gallery commemorating African Americans who had fought in the First World War.[1]

Publications include: My Own Harlem (1998); So, You Want to be Pro (2000), "We're American Too: The Negro Leagues and the Philosophy of Resistance" in Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (2004); reviews in Hampton University's International Review of African American Art related to the work of artists Kadir Nelson and Hale Woodruff.

External linksEdit


  1. UMKC professor, former NFL player to give lecture on art exhibit
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