Ave "Li'l Abner" Daniell
- Position: Tackle
- School: Pittsburgh
- High School: Mount Lebanon, PA (Mount Lebanon HS)
- Years: 1934-1936
- Inducted: 1975
- Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA
- Date of Birth: Nov 06, 1914
- Place of Death: Pittsburgh, PA
- Date of Death: Jan 28, 1999
- Jersey Number: 17
- Height: 6-3
- Weight: 200
Member BiographyHe was 6-3, 200-pounds, a football and track star at Mt.
Lebanon High School, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Averell
Daniell was a recruiter's dream. But he wanted to go to the
University of Pittsburgh, one of the few Eastern schools which
did not express an interest in his talents. Undaunted, "Ave"
struck out for Pitt on his own, a non-scholarship athlete with a
desire to play football for the Panthers. He made the team as
a walk-on candidate. Utilizing quickness and aggressive spirit,
Daniell overshadowed many of the great linemen of his day.
And in 1936, Daniell's senior season, the Panther captain
became a consensus All-America selection as the leader of
what many feel remains the best line in Pitt history. The
Panthers finished the regular season with a 7-1-1 record,
losing a narrow decision to Duquesne and battling Fordham to
a scoreless tie. Then came an invitation to meet Washington in
the Rose Bowl. The Pitt defense, led by its captain, blanked
the opposition and the Panthers came home as 21-0 victors.
His younger brother, Jim, played at Ohio State and also was
elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.