Sonny Gandee

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Sonny Gandee
No. 85
Linebacker, defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-02-27)February 27, 1929
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio
Date of death: July 21, 2013(2013-07-21) (aged 84)
Place of death: Michigan
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Garfield High School
Akron, Ohio
Berea High School
Berea, Ohio
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 9 / Pick: 106
(By the Detroit Lions)
Debuted in 1952 for the Dallas Texans (NFL)
Last played in 1956 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 53
Games started 0
Fumble recoveries 11
Interceptions 4
Touchdowns 1
Safeties 1
Stats at
Stats at
Stats at

Sherwin Kenneth "Sonny" Gandee, Sr. (February 27, 1929 – July 21, 2013) was a professional American football linebacker and defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Ohio State, Gandee was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 9th round (106th overall) of the 1952 NFL Draft. He played for five seasons for the Dallas Texans (1952) and the Detroit Lions (1952–1957). Sonny won three World Championships in his career with the Detroit Lions in 1952, 1953 and 1957.[1][2] He died July 21, 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Sonny Gandee NFL Football Statistics". 1929-02-27. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  2. ^ Sonny Gandee  . "Sonny Gandee, DE at". Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  3. ^ "SHERWIN, SR. "SONNY" GANDEE Obituary » Michigan Death Notices » from". 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2013-07-30.