Glenn Carano

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Glenn Carano
No. 18
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-11-18) November 18, 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth: San Pedro, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Reno (NV) Wooster
College: UNLV
NFL draft: 1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 3–1
Passing yards: 304
QB Rating: 65.2
Pass completions: 21
Pass attempts: 57
Games played: 36
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Glenn Thomas Carano (born November 18, 1955) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys for seven seasons. He also played for the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League.

Early years[edit]

Carano was born in San Pedro, California, and attended Earl Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada. He later became the starter at quarterback for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

In 1974, he helped achieve a number two Division II ranking (known as small college), after the school completed their one and only undefeated regular season. They would lose 49-11 to the University of Delaware in the Grantland Rice Bowl, one win from playing for the national championship.[1]

In 1976, he completed 148 of 277 passes for 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns,[2] while leading his team to the Division II Midwest Regional quarter-final and a number seven national ranking. In his college career he completed 337 of 636 passes for 5,095 yards and 37 touchdowns.

In 1989, he was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted in the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Carano was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He was the third-string quarterback behind Roger Staubach and Danny White. In 1980, he was named the backup after the retirement of Staubach.

He is remembered for replacing the injured White in a 1981 Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears and helping the Cowboys to a 10-9 come-back win.[3] The next game would be the only start in his NFL career, in which he completed 7 of 18 passes for 51 yards, in a 37-13 win against the Baltimore Colts.[4] Notably, the opposing quarterback for the Colts, David Humm, was also making his first and only NFL start, the only time in NFL history two "one and done" quarterbacks have ever faced off.[5] Carano and Humm were the subjects of an NFL Films piece entitled "My One and Only", recounting the 1981 game. The piece noted that the two quarterbacks had been friends since high school (both played high school football in Nevada), and remain friends to this day.

In 1982, he was passed on the depth chart by Gary Hogeboom for the backup quarterback role behind White.[6]

Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL)[edit]

On December 1, 1983, Carano signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League, where he completed 53.7% of his passes, for 2,368 yards, 13 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in the 1984 season.[7] The next year owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. folded the team, after the USFL announced that they would be switching to a fall schedule in 1986.

Personal life[edit]

Carano served on the Nevada Athletic Commission, the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority Marketing Committee, the Board of Directors for the Airport Authority of Washoe Country, and the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He is married to Lamise Carano and has three daughters, Kasey, Gina and Christi. Gina, is a television personality, retired mixed martial arts fighter, actress and fitness model. His father, Donald L. "Don" Carano, was a hotelier in Nevada..[8] He is currently the General Manager of Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno.


  1. ^ "Delaware Destroys Las Vegas". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "No Name From Nowhere Just Could Be Nations Best". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Glenn Carano Rallies Cowboys". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys hand Colts 13th loss in a row". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "NFL Films Presents: My One and Only". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Landry Ready To Talk Trade". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Carano Joins The Maulers". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Burgundian Model". Retrieved January 3, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Success as UNLV QB served as springboard for Glenn Carano