Dante Lavelli

Dante Lavelli

About Dante Lavelli

Dante Bert Joseph 'Gluefingers' Lavelli (February 23, 1923 - January 20, 2009) was an American football end who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1956. Starring alongside quarterback Otto Graham, fullback Marion Motley, placekicker Lou Groza and fellow receiver Mac Speedie, Lavelli was an integral part of a Browns team that won seven championships during his 11-season career. Lavelli was known for his sure hands and improvisations on the field. He was also renowned for making catches in critical situations, earning the nickname 'Mr. Clutch'. 'Lavelli had one of the strongest pairs of hands I've ever seen,' Browns coach Paul Brown once said of him. 'When he went up for a pass with a defender, you could almost always count on him coming back down with the ball.' Lavelli grew up in Hudson, Ohio and played football, baseball and basketball at his local high school.