Dan Sileo

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Dan Sileo
No. 93
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-01-03) January 3, 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth: Stamford, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school: Stamford (CT) Catholic
College: Miami (FL)
Supplemental draft: 1987 / Round: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Football Champions (1983)
  • National Champions (1987)
  • Citrus Bowl (1983)
  • Florida Cup Champions (1986)
  • Sugar Bowl (1986)
  • Fiesta Bowl (1987)
  • All-South (1986), HM UPI-All American (1986),
  • FN-All-American 2nd Team (1986),
  • TSN-All-American 3rd Team (1986),
  • NSCA-All-American Strength Team 1st Team (1986),
  • Sporting News Pre-Season All-American (1987),
  • WLAF 2nd Team All-League (1992),
  • World Bowl (WLAF, 1994)
  • Sports Illustrated's ALL-Time College Football Walk-On Team (1992),
  • Talker's Top 100 Sports Talk Radio Host (2012) (2014) (2015) (2016) (2017),
  • Radio Ink's TOP 30 Local Sports Radio Shows in America (2015-16),
  • Jason Barrett's Top 20 Morning Sports Radio Shows in America (2016-17)
Player stats at PFR

Donato "Dan" Sileo (born January 3, 1963) is a sports radio personality and former professional football player.

Early years[edit]

Before his current career, Sileo had a short NFL career as a defensive lineman, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and appearing in preseason games for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. Sileo is childhood friends with president of CBS Sports Sean McManus and Sean's father Jim McKay helped Sileo become a sports broadcaster. McManus is a frequent guest on Sileo's radio show. Sileo is the highest drafted NFL college player from his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut taken in the 1988 draft at #56.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

Sileo transferred once during his college career. He started at Maryland, where as a freshman he played in 10 games and broke Hall of Famer (and former Terp) Randy White's freshman bench press record with a 405-pound press. Sileo was a member of the University of Maryland's 1983 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship football team. Sileo is reported to have been kicked out of school for throwing someone out a 1st story window on campus. Sileo would also that summer become a honorary member of the Hells Angels and ride with the Bridgeport, Ct chapter, he would wear a Hells Angels Jacket to a Miami Football press conference helping expand the outlaw image of the program. He then transferred to the University of Miami Hurricanes to form a fearsome defensive line which also included Jerome Brown, Daniel Stubbs, and Bill Hawkins. In 1986, Sileo led the Hurricanes defensive line in solo tackles with 50 and 97 total and tackles for loss with 13 and third in sacks with 6 and first in fumbles with 8. In Sileo's games in 1986 vs. Florida and Florida State, Sileo would register 24 tackles 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. He was also the leading tackler in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, where Sileo started the game off with a QB sack of Penn State QB John Shaffer; Miami fell 14-10 to Penn State with over 90 million viewers watching the Fiesta Bowl with a 24.9 share and 25.1% of households tuned in. He made All South and was an All-America honorable mention and second team All American by Sport magazine in 1986, plus 2nd team All-American by the Associated Press (AP) in 1986. He was named to the Sporting News preseason All American team in 1987. Sileo in 1987 was a Sporting News preseason Outland Trophy & Lombardi Trophy candidate. Sileo holds the record for Miami Hurricane Football players with a 535 pound Bench Press and 700 pound Squat. Sileo in 1986 was named to the National Strength Coaches Association All-American Strength Team, and was the strongest college football player in America. Sileo was named to Sports Illustrated's All-Time College Football Walk-On Team in 1992. In 2010 "Sports Illustrated" Voted Sileo's 1986 Miami Hurricane Football team the most hated team in American sports history. Sileo is the last Connecticut High School football player to letter at the University of Miami (FL) in 1986.

Professional career[edit]

Sileo ran out of his five-year eligibility for NCAA play after the 1986 season. On September 6, 1987, two days after the NCAA deemed him ineligible, Sileo claimed that because he had not entered the 1986 NFL Draft, he was a free agent; he proceeded to sign with the Buccaneers. The NFL declared the contract invalid and put him in the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft. Although Sileo initially sued the NFL and the Bucs to honor his original contract,[1] he eventually submitted to the Supplemental Draft, where the Bucs selected him in the third round (56th overall). Sileo is the second-highest drafted defensive lineman in NFL Supplemental Draft history and the 9th highest drafted Miami Hurricane defensive tackle since 1980. Sileo spent his entire NFL career as a backup and special teams player. The only regular-season games he played in were during the 1987 season. Sileo's knee injury in Dallas ended his NFL career. In 1987 the Orlando Renegades of the USFL had Sileo's southeastern territory rights.

He eventually tried a comeback 4 years later playing for the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football in 1992, where he was a second team All-League, and helped lead the team to the World Bowl in Montreal, Canada, where they lost to the Sacramento Surge 21-17. His last professional team was the Las Vegas Sting of the Arena Football League in 1994, where he made honorable mention All League and helped lead the Sting to the AFL playoffs, where they lost to the Arizona Rattlers 51-46 to wrap up his pro football career.[2]

Wrestling Career[edit]

Sileo had a brief wrestling career known as "Bonecrusher Sileo" first hired by "Cowboy" Bob Orton of the WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in 1993 and was trained at the world famous training school in Atlanta,Georgia. Went to CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) in Vienna, Austria were he wrestled for the Heavyweight Championship of Europe but lost to Rambo. Sileo would than be hired by New Japan in Tokyo,Japan and would wrestle some of the biggest names in the world at the Tokyo Dome.

Radio career[edit]

Sileo was hired by San Francisco KGO Radio 810 where he was a sports anchor on the morning show called Dunbar and Rosie and was hired by former GM Mickey Luckoff. Sileo moved across the street to KNBR 680 were Sileo hosted "Sportsphone 68" and The Ticket 1050 where he hosted the morning show with Rod Brooks called Ebony and Ivory from 6 am to 10 am. He was also on the Oakland Raiders pre-game and postgame shows and was the sideline reporter for Stanford Cardinal football and the San Jose Sabercats pre- and postgame host. In 1998 Sileo moved to Tampa, Florida, to take over the morning show on 620 WDAE where he raised the ratings for the show into the top 5. In 2000, he moved to Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles, California, where he hosted a 4 am – 8 am program called The Dan Sileo Show. Sileo was the first person hired by than CEO Kraig Kitchin in the network's history; he got the show to 233 stations. In September 2002, Sileo moved back to Florida and debuted on 740 The Team in Orlando. His program, The Dan Sileo Show, began airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Eastern, with an emphasis on hot topic issues such as race, drugs, and other sports scandals, as well as a typical morning wrap-up of the previous day's events. For a short time in 2004, the program was syndicated on WINZ 940 AM in Miami. On weekends, Sileo also has worked as an analyst on Westwood One radio.

In December 2007, 740 the Team began a format change. Sileo announced on-air that he had signed a new contract extension with Clear Channel to continue his show, but it would move down the dial to NewsRadio 540 WFLA. In January 2008, WQTM switched to a Spanish-language format, and The Dan Sileo Show settled into its new permanent home at NewsRadio 540 WFLA.[citation needed]

In March 2008, Sileo's radio show was cancelled by "930 The Fox" in Jacksonville, Florida. It was returned to the station in January 2009.

Sileo's longest stint was on 620AM WDAE in Tampa, Florida as the morning drive host from 1998 to 2012. Jacor former executives Gabe Hobbs and CEO Randy Michaels were major influences in Sileo's success and Michaels has called Sileo the best sports talk radio host in America and Hobbs now represents Sileo along with Stuart Levin (www.GabeHobbsMedia.com). Sileo was syndicated in Orlando, back on 740 The Game (after that station changed back to a sports format). Sileo was also a Heisman Trophy voter, a member of the Football Writers Association of America and a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) media. In 2011 TV sports columnist Jim Wlliams of the Washington Examiner wrote that Sileo is the best morning sports radio host in the country. In July 2012, Sileo was named to Talkers Magazine TOP 100 SportsTalk Hosts in America at #32. He was also on the broadcast team for WFLA 970's broadcast of the Outback Bowl for 4 years.

His career has been marked by a series of several controversial events that led to his firing from three radio stations in 2012 and 2013.

Sileo was fired from WDAE-AM in March 2012 after he called three black NFL free agents "monkeys." The Tampa Bay Times reported that, while discussing the possibility of Cortland Finnegan, Vincent Jackson and Jonathan Vilma joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sileo said, "If they get those three monkeys, I'm good. I'm ready, man. I'm ready. I want those guys. Those guys are great players."[3]

Sileo joined Miami's WQAM-AM in April 2012 but was fired in March 2013 after several public missteps. In January 2013, he was suspended from the station after a series of sexist tweets directed at Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The Tampa Tribune reported that one of the comments referred to a 2008 incident in which a stalker secretly recorded a video of Andrews in her hotel room. Sileo tweeted to Andrews: "pepe [sic] hole best thing for ur career." He also referred to her as a "bimbo", told her to "make me dinner" and "bake me a cake" and added, "love Erin either naked or in a porn..not at a sports desk."[4] The Miami Herald reported that an on-air anti-Jewish remark on January 30 was the decisive factor. The newspaper reported that Sileo's comment — "that's the half Hebrew in me" — regarding saving money prompted a letter of protest from the Anti-Defamation League. Sileo posted on his Twitter account that his grandmother was Jewish, “and because my grandmom is Jewish..my nfl friends lose all [their] money..i said.. ‘I save [EVERY] nickel I have and that’s the hebrew.”[5]

Sileo joined Palm Beach's WMEN in August 2013 but was fired on November 4, 2013, after tweeting the previous day that he would pay $1,000 to any University of Miami football player that “TAKES THIS KID OUT” while attaching a photo of a Florida State University football player. FSU defeated Miami two days earlier. Sileo deleted the tweet, claiming he was only joking, but WMEN fired him. “As a result of Dan Sileo’s action on his personal Twitter account ... WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station", WMEN said on its website. “The ownership, staff, and management of WMEN 640 Sports do not condone his actions which have no place in sports.”[6]

Sileo was hired by San Diego's The Mighty 1090 AM (XEPRS-AM) in February 2014 to do AM morning drive from 6 to 9 am Monday through Friday; the morning show was made famous by Robert Weston Smith also known as "Wolfman Jack", who hosted the morning show on "the Mighty 1090" from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s and was featured in the George Lucas movie American Graffiti. The show is also heard in Los Angeles. In less than a year on The Mighty 1090's morning show, he was named once again to the Talkers Magazine's Top 100 sports radio shows in America at number 93 in 2014 and has tripled ratings. In March 2015 and 2016 Sileo was named radio pregame host of the San Diego Padres. In October 2015, the Little Italy Association of San Diego honored Sileo as one of America's most famous Italian Americans in their Banner program which is the only one of its kind. Also in 2015 Sileo was nominated to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame based in Chicago, Illinois, by the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers, Ed DeBartolo. In 2015 Sileo was named number 29 by Talkers Magazine, as the most important SportsTalk Radio shows in America. Sileo was also named #16 in Jason Barrett's Top 20 Morning Sports Radio Shows in America. He was also named to RadioInk's Top 30 Local Sports Radio host in America at number 24. In 2016, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), invited Sileo to vote weekly on the SUPER-16 Grantland Rice Poll which teams up weekly with the National Football Foundation (NFF). Sileo again in 2016 was named to the Radio Ink Top 30 SportsTalk radio shows in America, he came in at #21. Sileo started out the 2017 year being named #20 on Jason Barrett's Top 20 Morning Sports Radio Shows in America. Sileo named to the 2017 Talker's TOP 100 Sports Talk Radio shows in America in at #31. Sileo is the only ex-pro athlete hosting a morning sports radio talk show as a solo host in America,thats in the Top 20 markets in the country.


  1. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE - Sileo Files Suit - NYTimes.com". 15 September 1987. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sileo late career
  3. ^ "Dan Sileo no longer at WDAE". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sileo suspended from Miami station over Erin Andrews remarks". TBO.com. 21 January 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/06/3268741/anti-semitic-remark-led-to-firing.html
  6. ^ "Dan Sileo fired by WMEN 640-AM after posting bounty on FSU player". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved March 22, 2016.