Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was found dead Saturday about 120 feet down a rocky cliff near Point Fermin lighthouse. The body was reported by a passer-by at about 4:30 p.m., said Martha Garcia of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Danelo, the 21-year-old son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, made 15 of 16 field goals this season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. The junior made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on Monday to help USC beat Michigan 32-18.
I didn't know Mario.
But when I was in elementary school his father Joe Danelo was a neighbor of ours and the placekicker for the NY Giants. We had a number of GIants who lived in our neighborhood, but I always remembered him as the most fun, the friendliest, and the one who showed up to the most events at our elementary school.
My heart goes out to them.