Dante Lavelli's Hall of Fame bust.
Dante Lavelli's Hall of Fame mural.
Lavelli was tapped for Hall of Fame Induction in 1975. For his presenter he chose Paul Brown, his former coach at both Cleveland and Ohio State.
All but 20 of Dante's 386 career receptions were thrown by QB Otto Graham.
What set Lavelli apart from all other receivers were his great hands.
Lavelli's skills as a receiver earned him a starting spot in three of the first five Pro Bowls.
Lavelli reaches for a pass in a game versus the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 12, 1952.
Lavelli avoids two defenders while reaching for the ball on Dec. 16, 1951.
Dante Lavelli earned the nickname "Gluefingers" for his pass-catching ability.
Lavelli recorded 11 catches, including two TDs in the 1950 NFL title game.
Lavelli had to beat out four more experienced and highly regarded candidates before becoming a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Dante Lavelli, a high school quarterback, was switched to end by Ohio State coach Paul Brown during his sophomore season.
Always active with the Hall of Fame, Dante Lavelli (second from left) was on hand in May of 2008 for the ribbon cutting of the Hall's newest galleries.
Lavelli (left) poses with fellow Hall of Famers Bill Willis (center) and Ted Hendricks (right) during the 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.