TONY CANADEO

TONY CANADEO

Class of 1974
Halfback >>> 5-11, 190
(Gonzaga)
1941-1944, 1946-1952 Green Bay Packers

Anthony Robert Canadeo ... Gonzaga Little All-American, 1939 ... Multi-talented two-way performer ... Averaged 75 yards all categories in 116 NFL games ... Led Packers air game, 1943 ... Used as heavy-duty runner on return from service, 1946 ... Became third back to pass 1,000-yard mark in one season, 1949 ... All-NFL, 1943, 1949 ... Career record: 4,197 yards rushing, 1,642 yards passing, 186 points, 69 pass receptions ... Born May 5, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois ... Died November 29, 2003 at age of 84.

Tony Canadeo from little-known Gonzaga University was an unsung ninth-round choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1941 but it wasn't long before he earned the reputation of being a budding superstar who could – and would – do anything on a football field.

He played offense and defense, ran with the ball, threw passes, caught passes, returned punts and kickoffs, punted and intercepted passes. In 11 years, he rushed for 4,197 yards, passed for 1,642 yards, recorded 69 receptions for 579 yards, gained 513 yards on punt returns, 1,736 on kickoff returns, and scored 186 points.

Altogether the versatile Canadeo gained 8,667 multi-purpose yards. Putting it another way, he accounted for almost 75 yards in each of the 116 games he played. Add to that, he also intercepted 9 passes and punted 45 times during his remarkable career. Green Bay from 1941 through 1944 was one of pro football's premiere football teams. During that period, Tony initially served as an understudy to veteran quarterback Cecil lsbell. Then in 1943, he became the Packers' No. 1 passer. That year he was also named to the official All-NFL team. In 1945,World War II interrupted Canadeo's pro career.

When he returned from the Army in 1946, the Packers no longer were contenders and Canadeo’s role was significantly different. For his final seven seasons in the league, Tony became a heavy-duty running back and, predictably, came through with flying colors. In 1949, he became only the third player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He won All-NFL acclaim for a second time.

Small by pro standards, Canadeo was neither particularly fast nor elusive. Because he was prematurely gray, he was popularly known as "The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga." But Tony employed the attributes of most great athletes – determination, courage and tenacity – to attain Hall of Fame stature.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1941 Green Bay
9
43
137
3.2
3
0
0
0.0
0
1942 Green Bay
11
89
272
3.1
3
10
66
6.6
0
1943 Green Bay
10
94
489
5.2
3
3
31
10.3
2
1944 Green Bay
3
31
149
4.8
0
1
12
12
0
1946 Green Bay
11
122
476
3.9
0
2
25
12.5
0
1947 Green Bay
12
103
464
4.5
2
0
0
0.0
0
1948 Green Bay
12
123
589
4.8
4
9
81
9.0
0
1949 Green Bay
12
208
1052
5.1
4
3
-2
-0.7
0
1950 Green Bay
12
93
247
2.7
4
10
54
5.4
0
1951 Green Bay
12
54
131
2.4
1
22
226
10.3
2
1952 Green Bay
12
65
191
2.9
2
9
86
9.6
1
Career Total
116
1025
4197
4.1
26
69
579
8.4
5
                     
Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1941 Green Bay
9
4
26
6.5
0
4
110
27.5
0
1942 Green Bay
11
7
76
10.9
0
6
137
22.8
0
1943 Green Bay
10
8
93
11.6
0
10
242
24.2
0
1944 Green Bay
3
1
4
4.0
0
1
12
12.0
0
1946 Green Bay
11
6
76
12.7
0
6
163
27.2
0
1947 Green Bay
12
10
111
11.1
0
15
312
20.8
0
1948 Green Bay
12
4
55
13.8
0
9
166
18.4
0
1949 Green Bay
12
0
0
0.0
0
2
20
10.0
0
1950 Green Bay
12
5
68
13.6
0
16
411
25.7
0
1951 Green Bay
12
0
0
0.0
0
4
101
25.3
0
1952 Green Bay
12
1
4
4.0
0
2
62
31.0
0
Career Total
116
46
513
11.2
0
75
1736
23.1
0
 
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 268-105-1642, 16 TD, 20 Int; Interceptions: 9-126; Punting: 45-1669; Fumble Recoveries: 5-2

Full Name: Anthony Robert Canadeo

Birthdate: May 5, 1919

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Died: November 29, 2003

High School: Steinmetz (Chicago, IL)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 12, 1974

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 27, 1974

Presenter: Richard O. Bourguignon, VP, Packers

Other Members of Class of 1974: Bill George, Lou Groza, Dick "Night Train" Lane

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 116 games

Drafted: 9th round (77th overall) by Green Bay Packers

Uniform Number: 3

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