Originally from Eden, New York, grew up as a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Braves. Attended college in Pennsylvania (undergrad degree from Slippery Rock University) and Oklahoma (master's degree from O.U.). Settled down in Southern California for 27 years before relocating to Connecticut in 2010 to help out my family.
Big sports fan. Enjoy all major pro team sports in addition to individual sports such as golf, tennis, MMA and racquetball. Played fantasy baseball and football for many years. In high school, I lettered in football, basketball, baseball and golf. Played club volleyball in college. Served as a Grad Ass't Basketball Coach at O.U. Coached high school basketball, volleyball and softball in the Williamsville, New York School District.
I began writing for Bleacher Report in 2009, focusing on the Buffalo Bills. Highlights included interviewing Jim Kelly and C.J. Spiller. In May 2011, I was promoted to NFL National Columnist. In August 2011, I realized my initial goal of reaching 1 million readers. Thanks to the growth of Bleacher Report, as of February 2013, my contributions have generated over 6 million readers.
My articles have been featured in the National Football Post, Forbes.com, USA Today, Los Angeles Times.com. and had an article sponsored by NFL Network. Thanks to all of the Bleacher Report readers that support my work and take the time to comment.
You can hear me on various radio shows, where I talk about the NFL in general or the Buffalo Bills specifically. Most recent radio appearance was the Artie Clear Show out of Philadelphia for Super Bowl XLVII.
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Great stat predictions article, Dan. Something fresh and new, since it's been a while since I seen one of those. You should do an article predicting the regular season & playoffs. Keep it up, as you're one of my favorite columnists on the site.
Hi Dan, just read your article on the most devastating injuries in Franchises' History and enjoyed it. However, I think you left out something that was devastating in the Detroit Lions history. I not sure of the year though I think it was '72 and I believe the opponent was the Bears. Chuck Hughes a WR went out for a pass collapsed and passed away. As far as I know the only time a player has died in an NFL game. I believe the autopsy showed he had a congenitial heart condition. The only other one I believe you missed (this I recall as a Unitas fan) is in '68 when Johnny U. went down. Granted Earl Morrall lead the Colts to a nearly spotless 13-1 regular season record, but, I believe had Johnny U. been healthy the Colts that year would have gone undefeated and they would have been histories darlings not the '72 Dolphins. Your thought??? By the way Unitas or Montana? Unitas all the way! I agree with a great number of your likes above. Though I've been a Minnesota Vikings fan since I started following football in '68 (I was a 9 yr. old Nosetackle & loved Alan Page). If you can give me anymore info about the Chuck Hughes incident I would appreciate it. It is never talked about and my recollection of the incident is vague. Thank you, I enjoy your writing. Sincerely E. Cullinan
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Really awful article on the uniforms; just unexciting, zero imagination and even less research
I'm trying to forget that game against your Bills, thanks for pouring salt in the wounds. Yea, Bills did some good things in FA, and I'll bet they have a good draft. Just beat the damn Pats a couple times and it will make me happy.
After I read the article I looked at your profile. Bills fan, explains why you think they are going from suck to elite. Good luck with that.
With regard to acknowledging Rosey Brown as the correct greatest draft steal for the Giants, you are welcome. You might want to check out some of the other choices as well, since you might find other selections from the distant past that were greater steals.
You really whiffed on your list of greatest draft steals for each NFL team when you overlooked Roosevelt Brown for the New York Giants, possibly the greatest steal of all times! He was selected in the 27th round of the 1953 draft - the 312th player selected!! You should know that he went on to be, even at a mere 255 lbs., one of the greatest offensive linemen of all times!
Check it out - and please correct your list!
Congratulations on a tremendous success with your "NFL Power Rankings" Post. Well deserved reward for such a monumental project.
Oh yeah BTW, Dan as A Colts fan I love your 2012 power rankings. I would love more then anything to see the Colts land Matt Barkley and get 3 first round picks for him to screw another team over. Also just so you know, if Peyton is healthy he WILL BE A COLT but I highly doubt that happens. Assuming he goes to either Miami or Washington in Miami he will likely just be another notch in the post Marino QB carrousel and in Washington likely the biggest FA bust since Albert Haynesworth. And I'm saying Barkley will be bad because USC QB's never pan out just look at Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart, and Todd Marinovich and even Carson Palmer hasn't really been that good.