From the NFL to the docks

Every now and then, a sports item passes without much comment. I was puzzled by this note in yesterday’s NY Times Rose Bowl coverage:

KICKING IS IN THE GENES From a walk-on to the N.C.A.A. record books. That has been the improbable path for U.S.C. place-kicker Mario Danelo, whose father, Joe, was an N.F.L. kicker for the Giants and the Buffalo Bills….Joe Danelo, who kicked for the Giants from 1976 to 1982, now works as a longshoreman in San Pedro, Calif.

Wow. That’s like something out of Lawrence Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times, the oral history of early 20th Century baseball players.

I wonder what another famous Buffalo Bills kicker is doing now? Here‘s an answer.

The SI article shows that it took Scott years to deal with the miss, but he has done so and has done so admirably. Thankfully, Scott is still very well thought of in Buffalo. Neither the team nor the fans blame him.


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