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Danny Kanell Biography
DannyKanell was born November 21, 1973 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a formerprofessional quarterback in the National Football League, as well as the ArenaFootball League.
Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round(130th overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft. He made his debut later that season thatyear for the team. The next season in New York, Kanell became the starter andplayed the last ten games of the 1997 season, leading the Giants to the NFCEastern Division title. In those ten games he threw for 1,740 yards with 11touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Giants played in the NFL Playoffsagainst the Minnesota Vikings but lost 23-22. Kanell went 16/32 with 199 yardsand one touchdown in that game. The following year, Kanell started all tengames he played in while throwing for 1,603 yards, 11 touchdowns and teninterceptions. With a record of 3-7 at that point, the Giants benched Kanell infavor of Kent Graham, who led the Giants to a 5-1 record down the stretch andan 8-8 finish. At the end of the season the Giants signed Kerry Collins fromthe New Orleans Saints and cut Kanell to make enough salary cap room to payCollins' salary.
In the off season Kanell found a home with the AtlantaFalcons as a backup to their oft injured starting quarterback Chris Chandler.He played in Atlanta for two years, starting two games and playing in eight. Asa Falcon he completed 99 of 200 attempted passes for a total of 1,117 yards,six touchdowns and nine interceptions. At the end of the 2000 season he was cutby the Falcons and didn't manage to find another team.
A year later, Kanell signed with the New York Dragons ArenaFootball League team for the 2002 season, his only season there. Afterimpressing in the AFL he was signed during training camp by the Denver Broncos.He made the roster as the third quarterback in Denver but was let go a shorttime into the season. Seven games into the same season, starting quarterbackJake Plummer and backup quarterback Steve Beuerlein suffered with foot and handinjuries, respectively. Kanell was recalled to the Broncos and started twogames until Beuerlein and Plummer returned. That season he threw two touchdownsand five interceptions on 103 pass attempts. He remained with the Broncos forone more year as the backup to Plummer. He never played, as Plummer became thefirst Broncos quarterback in franchise history to take every offensive snap.After the 2004 season he was cut by the Broncos and has not since been pickedup by an NFL team.
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