Gary Danielson, who played 13 years in the NFL as a quarterback, has been an ABC Sports College Football analyst since 1997.
Danielson, an ESPN analyst since 1990, works in the ABC broadcast booth with Brent Musburger and together will call the BCS Championship Game, The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, in January 2003. Danielson began his broadcasting career as a part-time anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV during the off-season while a member of the Lions. He also provided analysis for the Detroit Lions' pre-season games in 1991. After a trade to the Cleveland Browns, Danielson continued his on-air career as a co-host of a local sports talk show.
After playing for three teams in the World Football League from 1974-75 (New York Stars, Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Wind), Danielson signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 1976. Danielson became the third all-time leading passer in Lions history before a trade sent him to Cleveland in 1985. He spent four seasons at Cleveland, retiring following the 1988 season. During his 13-year career, Danielson passed for 13,764 yards. He enjoyed his best seasons in 1980 and 1984, when he threw for 3,223 and 3,076 yards respectively. A graduate of Purdue University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial management, Danielson passed for 2,748 yards in three seasons for the Boilermakers. He earned a Master's degree in physical education from Purdue in 1976.