Danny Kepley

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Dan Kepley
No. 42
Date of birth (1953-08-24) August 24, 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Albemarle, North Carolina
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) LB
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
College East Carolina
Career history
As coach
1985 Edmonton Eskimos (Def. Assistant)
20022005 Edmonton Eskimos (Def. Assistant/DL coach)
20062010 Edmonton Eskimos (LB coach)
As player
19751984 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
CFL West All-Star 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Awards 1977 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1977 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1980 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1980 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1981 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1981 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
Honors 1987 - Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour
Career stats

Daniel "Danny" Kepley, (born August 24, 1953) is a former star linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

Kepley played college football at East Carolina University. He tried out with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys before starting a 10-year career with the Eskimos from 1975 to 1984.

He was an intense player and hard tackler. Teamed with fellow linebackers Dale Potter and Tom Towns for 8 seasons, this trio formed the backbone of a defence that played in 7 Grey Cup games, winning six championships. Kepley won 3 CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Awards and was an All Star 5 times.

Following retirement, Kepley spent the 1985 season as an assistant coach with the Eskimos. He began a real estate career, worked as a football analyst on both radio (CFRN) and television (CBC, ESPN), and from 2002 to 2010 was an assistant coach with the Eskimos. Kepley has struggled with alcoholism and in 2000 spent time in jail for impaired driving, his fifth such offence.[1]

Kepley was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 2006 was named one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#11) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.


  1. ^ Back in football heaven - Despite defeat, Dan Kepley is thankful to be part of the game again, Perry Lefko, Toronto Sun, Nov. 25, 2002.