John Panelli

John Panelli

Panelli on a 1950 Bowman football card
Date of birth (1926-05-07)May 7, 1926[1]
Place of birth Morristown, New Jersey
Date of death March 2, 2012(2012-03-02) (aged 85)
Place of death Royal Oak, Michigan
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker, Running back
College University of Notre Dame
NFL draft 1949 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
Career history
As player
1949–1950 Detroit Lions
1951–1953 Chicago Cardinals
Career stats

John Rocco Panelli (May 7, 1926 – March 2, 2012) was an American football player. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He went on to play two seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, and another three for the Chicago Cardinals.[2]

Panelli died after a sudden illness on March 2, 2012. He was 85.[3]


  1. "Former Lions player John Panelli dead at 85". ABC 7. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  2. "Notre Dame backfield wizard John Panelli dies". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-03-05.

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