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Dave Cianelli
Cianelli as a senior at Maryland
Born St. Cloud, Florida
Died April 12, 2017

David "Dave" Cianelli is a former American football player. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Dallas Texans.


Dave Cianelli was born in St. Cloud, Florida and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War.[1] After the war, he attended the University of Maryland, where he played football as a linebacker and fullback.[2] In 1951, he was named an honorable mention All-American.[3] Cianelli served as team co-captain alongside Bob Ward during the Terrapins' 1952 Sugar Bowl upset victory over "General" Neyland's number-one ranked Tennessee.[4]

Cianelli later worked in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist for Bethlehem Steel. After retiring [5] he lived in Allen, Texas.

Dave Cianelli died on April 12, 2017.[6]

He is survived by three children, two sons and a daughter. His son, Dave Cianelli, is currently the Virginia Tech track & field coach, and was named the 2007 ACC Coach of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track.[5]


  1. Maryland Alumni Tournament Opens Today, The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland), 29 August 1962, retrieved 26 December 2008.
  2. Toledo Tops Cabineers While Packers Defeat Travelers, Morning Herald, 17 December 1951, retrieved 26 December 2008.
  3. All-Time Honors, 2001 Maryland Terrapins Media Guide, CBS Sports, accessed 26 December 2008.
  4. Vic Gold, The Greatest Game, The Washingtonian, 1 January 2002, retrieved 26 December 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Club News Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine., The M Club, Spring 2007, retrieved 26 December 2008.
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