Hall of Famer Dante “Gluefingers” Lavelli Passes Away at 85

NFLGridironGabSenior Analyst IJanuary 21, 2009

NFL Gridiron Gab is sad to pass along the news of the death of Hall of Famer Dante “Gluefingers” Lavelli who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1956. He caught 386 passes for 6,488 yards and 62 TDs. But because Cleveland played in the AAFC, many of his accomplishments are not recognized on the club’s career lists.

Lavelli was nicknamed “Gluefingers” for his great hands and was part of four championship teams when the Browns dominated the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s. After Cleveland joined the NFL in 1950, Lavelli was a member of three title teams while playing for coach Paul Brown.

We here at NFL Gridiron Gab had the pleasure of speaking to Mr.Lavelli back on August 2, 2007, at the 27th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention. In honor of all he gave to the game and his storied career, below is that interview conducted with the man known as “Gluefingers” back in August of 2007.