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Old-time NFL star Ed Danowski dies

February 3, 1997

EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) _ Ed Danowski, one of the stars of the 1934 ``Sneaker game″ and a former all-NFL back for the New York Giants, is dead at age 85.

Danowski died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Danowski, who starred at Fordham from 1931 to 1933, led the NFL in passing from 1935 to 1938 and was also a punter.

He is best known for running for one touchdown and throwing for another in the Giants’ 30-13 win over Chicago for the 1934 league championship. In that game, played on a frozen field at the Polo Grounds, the Giants changed into sneakers at halftime after trailing 10-3.

He also threw the game-winning touchdown pass in New York’s 23-17 win over Green Bay in the 1938 title.

Danowski also served as head football coach at Fordham from 1946-54, when the school dropped football.

He is survived by his wife Josephine, a son Ed and six grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday at St. Isidore’s church in Riverhead, N.Y.

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