A Home grown All-American defensive lineman at Nebraska playing in the shadow of Jim Skow and Tony Casillas, the Tom Landry era Dallas Cowboys dropped their first round choice on Danny Noonan in the 1987 draft. Hoping that he’d become the next ‘Danny White’, Noonan would have a difficult time living up to the billing as he was frequently injured and had trouble keeping up with the speed of the game. He’d have a decent season in 1988 making 7.5 sacks and pulling in an interception for a touchdown, but as Jimmy Johnson took over as head coach in 1989, Danny would continue to have his issues and would even have problems maintaining his playing weight. It was then further revealed that Noonan had been a steroid user since his playing days at Nebraska and had even tested positive before the combine- (something the Cowboys had to have known before they drafted him.) After his 1988 season, everything seemed to unravel and he never matched that performance again and by 1991 he had been cut by Dallas. Signed by the Packers who needed defensive line help he’d play there for a season before retiring after a short 2 game stint with the Broncos in 1993.
A criminal justice major, Danny went back to school and got a business degree with a specialty in e- business. He also did some web management, helping to originate huskerpower.com and is now a financial advisor in the greater Omaha area. To stay in shape he does some jiu-jitsu and martial arts to keep up with his kids.
G/Gs 73/41 Tac n/a Sac 15 Fum n/a Int 1 Yds 17 Avg 17.0 Td 1 Lg 17T