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Tony Canadeo

Player of American football

Died when: 84 years 208 days (1014 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Tony Canadeo

Anthony Robert Canadeo (May 5, 1919 – November 29, 2003) was a professional American football player who played halfback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers from 1941 to 1952, having missed most of the 1944 season and the entire 1945 season while serving in the U.S.

Army during World War II.Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, played football for the Bulldogs, and earned the nickname "Gray Ghost of Gonzaga".

Selected by the Packers in the 1941 NFL Draft, Canadeo went on to play multiple positions, including running back, quarterback, defensive back, punter, and return specialist.

Before the war, Canadeo was a triple-threat halfback for the Packers, leading the team in rushing and passing in 1943.When he returned from the war in 1946, he served primarily as a running back, and in 1949 became the third player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season.

He retired as the Packers' all-time rushing yards leader, and as of 2018 ranks fourth in franchise history in that category.

Canadeo's number 3 was retired by the Packers immediately following his retirement as a player.He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974.

After his playing career, Canadeo worked as a color commentator for CBS television, covering Packers games with Ray Scott.He also was a long-time member of the Green Bay Packers, Inc.

Board of Directors and Executive Committee, most notably during the Vince Lombardi era.Canadeo died in 2003 at the age of 84.

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