Dante Lavelli, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Dante Lavelli

American football player

Date of Birth: 23-Feb-1923

Place of Birth: Hudson, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: 20-Jan-2009

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces


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About Dante Lavelli

  • Dante Bert Joseph "Gluefingers" Lavelli (February 23, 1923 – January 20, 2009) was an American football end who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1956.
  • Starring alongside quarterback Otto Graham, fullback Marion Motley, placekicker Lou Groza and fellow receiver Mac Speedie, Lavelli was an integral part of a Browns team that won seven championships during his 11-season career.
  • Lavelli was known for his sure hands and improvisations on the field.
  • He was also renowned for making catches in critical situations, earning the nickname "Mr.
  • Clutch".
  • "Lavelli had one of the strongest pairs of hands I've ever seen," Browns coach Paul Brown once said of him.
  • "When he went up for a pass with a defender, you could almost always count on him coming back down with the ball."Lavelli grew up in Hudson, Ohio and played football, baseball and basketball at his local high school.
  • After graduating, he enrolled at Ohio State University, where he played only a handful of games before he was drafted for service in the U.S.
  • Army during World War II.
  • Returning in 1945 after serving in Europe, he joined the Browns in the team's first-ever season in the AAFC.
  • Helped by Lavelli's play, the Browns won each of the AAFC's championships before the league dissolved in 1949 and the team was absorbed by the NFL.
  • Cleveland continued to succeed in the NFL, winning championships in 1950, 1954 and 1955.
  • Lavelli, who helped found the National Football League Players Association toward the end of his career, retired after the 1956 season. After retiring from football, Lavelli held a variety of coaching and scouting jobs and was active in NFL alumni affairs.
  • He also ran a furniture store in Rocky River, Ohio.
  • He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
  • He died in a Cleveland hospital in 2009.

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