Danny Abramowicz

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Danny Abramowicz
Date of birth: (1945-07-13) July 13, 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth: Steubenville, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: Xavier (OH)
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 17 / Pick 420
Organizations
As player:
1967–1973
1973–1974
New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Honors: New Orleans Saints HOF
National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (1992)
1st-Team All-Pro (1969)
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1992)
Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame (1981)
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Daniel Stanley Abramowicz (born July 13, 1945) is a former American football player and coach. He played wide receiver in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers and college football at Xavier University.

Early life[edit]

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, Abramowicz is of Polish descent.[1] He went to Steubenville Catholic Central High School. When he was a 5-10, 155-pound senior at Catholic Central, Abramowicz didn’t attract much attention from college coaches. The only school that offered him a football scholarship was Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He went to Xavier and, as a sophomore, caught 18 passes for 257 yards in his first varsity season.

His junior year he finished with 50 catches for 738 yards and eight touchdowns, helping Xavier to an 8-2 season. That year Xavier knocked off Miami University, 29-28, Cincinnati, 14-3, and Dayton, 10-0. The Musketeers were all but bowl-bound until they dropped a 57-33 decision to Texas Western on the final day of the season despite a 53-yard touchdown reception by Abramowicz. At the conclusion of his junior year he was named to the All-Catholic All-America team (The Brooklyn Tablet).

During his senior season he continued as the favorite receiver of quarterback Carroll Williams, catching 34 passes for 585 yards and three touchdowns despite facing constant double coverage.[2]

Abramowicz holds the XU records for passes caught in a season (50 in 1965) and in a career (102), yards gained through passes caught in a career (1,470), as well as touchdown passes caught in a season (eight in 1965) and in a career (13)[3]

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Education in 1967.[4]

NFL career[edit]

By his senior year, he had grown to 6-0, 190 pounds, but he still didn't attract much attention from pro scouts due to his lack of speed. Abramowicz was drafted by the Saints in the 17th round of the 1967 NFL Draft.

His career lasted from 1967 through 1974. Abramowicz broke into the starting lineup in the seventh game of the Saints’ first season with 12 catches for 156 yards in a 14-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Abramowicz had his most productive years while with the Saints. In 1968, 1969, and 1970, he ranked in the Top 10 in the NFL in two categories: receptions and receiving yards.

Additionally, in 1968 and 1972 he was Top 10 in receiving touchdowns. His best season is generally considered to be 1969, when he caught 73 passes for 1,015 yards to go along with seven touchdowns. For his efforts, he was voted as an All-Pro by the Sporting News and Associated Press. The 1972 season would turn out to be Abramowicz's last full season with the Saints.

Two games into the 1973 season, he was traded to the 49ers, playing two sub-par seasons. Abramowicz attempted to catch on in 1975, reporting to camp with George Allen's "Over the Hill Gang", the Washington Redskins. However, he did not make the final roster.

Over his career, he played 111 games, caught 369 passes for 5,686 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Upon his retirement, he held the NFL record for catching at least one pass in consecutive games: 105. The previous record was 96 by Hall-of-Famer Lance Alworth.

After retirement[edit]

After his playing career, Abramowicz worked in private business in New Orleans. He also spent five years as an analyst for Saints games broadcast on radio. In 1992, he was hired by Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka to serve as special teams coach. He served in this capacity from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, when Ditka was hired as head coach for the Saints, Abramowicz came back to the Saints as offensive coordinator. He has been out of the NFL since Ditka was fired in 1999.

Abramowicz is a devout Roman Catholic, and is active with various organizations and foundations dedicated to philanthropic causes. He is also a writer, author of "Spiritual Workout of a Former Saint."

Since September 2008, Abramowicz has been hosting his own television show "Crossing the Goal" on the Catholic television network EWTN. Promotional materials from the network indicate the program uses "a sports show format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape." He also serves on the Board of Directors of EWTN. He serves in an advisory capacity to the board of directors of National Fellowship of Catholic Men. He travels throughout the United States speaking at Catholic men's conferences.

He and his wife, Claudia, have been married for 44 years and have three children and four grandsons.[5]

Xavier University has presented him with the two most prestigious awards bestowed on a student athlete -- Legion of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame (1981).[6]

Abramowicz was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Also in 1992, he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

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Preceded by
Carl Smith
New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinators
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Mike McCarthy