Where are they now: Danny Kanell

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Danny Kanell was an NFL quarterback who spent three of his six NFL seasons with the New York Giants. Despite a quick and underwhelming professional career, Kanell performed well in his short time with the G-Men.

The Giants drafted the Florida State product in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL draft. He saw minimal playing time during his rookie year but would become a key piece to the team’s puzzle in 1997, when he helped guide New York to a NFC East title. The Giants were 7-2-1 with Kanell behind center and he led three game-winning drives over the course of the season.

Kanell’s success was short lived, however. The Giants went 3-7 in 1998 with him at quarterback as he struggled with accuracy and turnovers—he threw 10 interceptions and fumbled six times in 10 starts.

He spent the next two years with the Atlanta Falcons with limited opportunities. In 2002, he played for the Arena Football League’s New York Dragons before returning to the NFL in 2003 with the Denver Broncos. He called it quits after being cut by the Broncos during training camp in 2004.

Today, Kanell works for ESPN as a college football analyst. He occasionally works as a color commentator for games on Saturday afternoons and also makes guest appearances on the ESPN radio show SVP & Russillo.

You can find him on Twitter here (@DannyKanell) where you can bash him for his playing career (I do not recommend this!), praise him for his football knowledge (I do recommend this!) or just go straight up old school and Twitter stalk him (how many people that we follow do we ACTUALLY talk to anyway?).


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