"If I had to throw the ball to get a first down and I had to pick any reciever in history, it'd be Dante. He wasn't the fastest or the quickest, but he had the best hands the game has ever seen".
- Otto Graham
Despite playing only three games in college, Paul Brown knew that Dante Lavelli would make his Cleveland Browns better. Brown knew Lavelli from Ohio State, where Lavelli was injured as a sophomore before heading into battle in World War II. After participating in heavy fighting in Europe, Lavelli returned to the United States after the war and join Browns' team in 1946.
Quickly dubbed "Glue Fingers" for his incredible ability to hold onto the football, Lavelli became one of QB Otto Graham's key targets as the Browns marched to seven championships in Lavelli's ten-year career.
Lavelli shone the brightest when the pressure was on. Among his memorable moments were a TD catch to win the AAFC championship in 1946 and an 11-reception game against the LA Rams to win the world championship in 1950. Lavelli always wanted the ball, especially when the heat was on.
Dante Lavelli ended his career with 386 catches and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. Speaking for the entire staff of Bernie's Insiders, we are thrilled that Dante has elected to pay us a visit on Thursday, and we look forward to chatting with one of the legendary icons of Cleveland Browns football.