Dan Connolly (American football)
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Dan Connolly during the 2014 NFL season.
|Position:||Guard / Center|
|Date of birth:||September 2, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Chesterfield, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|College:||Southeast Missouri State|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Daniel Paul Connolly (born September 2, 1982) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Southeast Missouri State.
Connolly was born in Chesterfield, Missouri. He attended Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Missouri and was a letterman in football and track. In football, he was a three-time All-District selection and a three-time All-Conference selection. In track & field, he threw the shot put (top-throw of 49 ft, 7 in).
2005 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||311 lb||5.19 s||1.83 s||3.03 s||4.54 s||7.67 s||28.5 in||9 ft 0 in||22 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Connolly was signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on April 24, 2005. He made the team's 53-man roster and spent the rest of the season on it. He was placed on injured reserve by the Jaguars on September 2, 2006. Connolly was waived by the Jaguars on September 1, 2007.
New England Patriots
Connolly was signed to the Patriots' practice squad on September 13, 2007, where he spent the remainder of the season before being re-signed to a future contract on February 5, 2008. He was then waived by the Patriots on October 20, 2008. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad on October 22. He was promoted to the active roster on December 13, 2008.
With veteran starter Logan Mankins missing from the first seven games of the 2010 season due to a contract situation, Connolly started all of those games in his place at left guard. He was a reserve for the team's Week 9 game, but returned to the starting lineup at right guard following a season-ending injury to Neal.
In a December 19, 2010 game against the Green Bay Packers, Connolly set the record for the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history, returning a squib kick 71 yards to set up a Patriots touchdown (the previous record was 48 yards by Mal Snider in 1969). Connolly was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the feat. However, Connolly suffered a concussion in the game and missed the final two games of the regular season. He finished the 2010 season with 13 starts in 14 games played.
On February 1, 2015, the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. Connolly played the entire game at left guard.
Dan is married to Lori, and they have three daughters, Caroline,Caitlin, and Claire. He is the son of John and Mary Beth Connolly, and has two older brothers, Patrick and Christopher.