Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Danny Kanell is an American former professional football player who played in both the Arena Football (AFL) League and the National Football League (NFL). Currently, Kanell is employed by ESPN as its analyst and a host of the ‘Russillo & Kanell’ Show on ESPN Radio.


He started playing football in high school as a junior, leading Westminster Academy to a 12-1 record and state championship. In 1993, he joined New York Yankees after the 14th round of Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.

He was the quarterback for four years when he was at Florida State University. Charlie Ward, who is an American professional NBA basketball player, was backed up by Danny Kanell when he started playing. Kanell had to face some difficult competition during this period, but his back to back commendable performances got him the job once again as a sophomore.

He played in 35 games and finished 62.7% of his 854 pass endeavors in his college years. He pitched for 8,372 yards, 47 scores, which was a school record at the time, and attempts 26 capture over his four years as a Seminole. In September 2012 Kanell was registered into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame.

During his last senior season at Florida State, he was named to the Honorable Mention rundown of All-Americans. He was then taken by the New York Giants in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft. The same season, he debuted in NFC and showed great performances, playing for the Giants. Despite all performances, he was only making $216,000, which was the minimum salary of the league. So next season, he got into a three-year contract with the Giants worth $9.5 million. However, his performance declined gradually over the years, that led Giants to replaced him with Kerry Collins

In 2000, Danny was cut by the Atlanta Falcons, and entered the AFL New York Dragons team in 2004, followed by a short time with the NFL’s Denver Broncos. The same year, Danny Kanell announced his retirement and had since served as a football analyst for ESPN shows.

Personal Life & Net Worth

Danny Kanell was born on 21 November 1973 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the only son of Diane and Dan Kenell, an orthopedist. Danny has three sisters named Debbie Kanell, Daryl and Dana.

Danny, 6′ 3″, is married to his longtime girlfriend, Courtenay Kanell. He and his wife is parents to three adorable daughters. According to the source, the former football player and current ESPN employee receive an estimated salary $95,000. His current net worth is around $2 million