Gary Danielson, a 13-year National Football League veteran and former Purdue University quarterback, joined CBS Sports as lead analyst for the CBS Television Network's coverage of college football in 2006. He is paired with Verne Lundquist, who has served as lead play-by-play announcer since 1998.
Danielson joins CBS Sports after having served as analyst for ABC Sports for the past nine years (1997-2005). Since 1991, he has served as an analyst for ESPN's college football broadcasts. Before joining ABC Sports, Danielson provided analysis for the Detroit Lions preseason football games.
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. He became the third all-time leading passer in Lions history. In 1985, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he spent four seasons before retiring in 1988. During his 13-year NFL career, Danielson passed for 13,764 yards.
Danielson was a part-time anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV (Detroit) during the off-season while a member of the Lions. And in Cleveland, he also co-hosted a sports talk show.
A 1973 graduate of Purdue University, Danielson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Management, and earned a Master's degree in Physical Education from Purdue in 1976. He is married, with four children.