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 Dante “Glue Fingers” Lavelli

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Dante “Glue Fingers” Lavelli

  • Birth 23 Feb 1923 Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Jan 2009 Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 33090906

Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. He played at the offensive end and defensive end positions for eleven seasons (1946 to 1956) in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He was a member and key player of the Browns' dynasty teams which won seven championship titles in ten seasons (1946 to 1949 AAFC Champions, 1950, 1954 to 1955 NFL Champions). Along with Otto Graham, they proved to be one of the most effective passer-receiver combinations during that era of football. During the 1950 NFL Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams, Lavelli caught 11 receptions for 128 yards with 2 touchdowns. His other career highlights include four-time AAFC All-Pro status (1946 to 1949), two-time NFL All Pro selection (1951, 1953) and three NFL Pro Bowls (1951, 1953 to 1954). While playing at Ohio State University during his collegiate years, Lavelli made an impression on the Buckeyes' legendary coach Paul Brown. His playing time was limited however, while he served in the United States Army during World War II. When Brown became head coach of the Cleveland Browns, he recruited Lavelli to play for the newly formed franchise. In 123 career regular season AAFC and NFL games, Lavelli had 386 receptions for 6,488 yards with 62 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 21 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33090906
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dante “Glue Fingers” Lavelli (23 Feb 1923–20 Jan 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33090906, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .