May 02 2014

Alumni Spotlight: Tony Canadeo, Class of June 1937

1949 Tony Canadeo

Anthony Robert “Tony” Canadeo was a professional football player, a halfback and quarterback for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers from 1941 to 1952, having missed part of the 1944 and all of 1945 season while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Canadeo’s football career started at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He was known as “Gray Ghost of Gonzaga” due to his prematurely graying hair. Unfortunately the university dropped the football program in 1941, making Canadeo the last “Zag” to play pro football. During his senior year he boxed for the Bulldogs and was named team captain.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Canadeo in the ninth round of the 1941 NFL Draft. He played for the Packers u