Danny Kanell

Football Player
Born Nov 21, 1973

Daniel Paul Kanell is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League, and Arena Football League. He is currently the host of ESPNU's late-night sports and humor show UNITE.

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    Chicago Times - Oct 23, 2016
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    Espn Analyst Blames 'liberal Media' For 'war On Football'
    Huffington Post - Dec 08, 2015
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    Houston Chronicle - Sep 04, 2013
  • Freshman Exceeds Expectations
    Huffington Post Sports - Sep 03, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Danny Kanell.


1973 Birth Born on November 21, 1973.


1992 18 Years Old He attended Florida State University, where he played quarterback for four years. In 1992, as a freshman, Kanell won the job of backing up starter Charlie Ward, the team's first freshman backup since Chip Ferguson in 1985.
1993 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After doing well in occasional backup play, he won the job again as a sophomore in 1993, despite increased competition. … Read More


1996 22 Years Old Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round (135th overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft. … Read More
1997 23 Years Old The next season in New York, Kanell became the starter and played the last ten games of the 1997 season, leading the Giants to the NFC Eastern Division title. … Read More
2000 26 Years Old At the end of the 2000 season he was cut by the Falcons and didn't manage to sign with another team.
2002 28 Years Old A year later, Kanell signed with the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League for the 2002 season, appearing in four games in Aaron Garcia's absence. … Read More


2004 30 Years Old After the 2004 season, he was cut by the Broncos and was not picked up by another NFL team. … Read More


2015 41 Years Old Starting in September 2015, Kanell took on his role as co-host to the new show Russillo and Kanell.
2016 42 Years Old On June 2, 2016 Danny admitted he would have rather been a pro golfer, NBA or MLB player than an NFL quarterback while co-hosting Russillo and Kanell.
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