Dan Connolly originally joined the Patriots as a practice squad player on Sept. 12, 2007 ... Originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie free agent prior to the 2005 season ... Placed on injured reserve with a finger injury (9/4/06) ... Released by the Jaguars (9/1/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (2/5/08) ... Released by the Patriots (10/20/08) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (10/22/08) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (12/14/08).CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASONAL REVIEWS2012 (14/14, 2/2)
- Set and NFL record for the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman with a 71-yard return of a second-quarter kickoff vs. Green Bay (12/19/10).
- Won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for his NFL-record setting kickoff return against the Packers.
2011 (13/11, 3/3)
- Starts on the offensive line at right guard and appears at fullback during goal line situations.
- Started at right guard in the win at Miami (12/2) but left in the first half with an injury and did not return. Was replaced by Nick McDonald.
- Returned to starting lineup at N.Y. Jets (11/22) after missing one game due to injury.
- Was inactive due to injury vs. Indianapolis (11/18).
- Started but left the game in the second quarter with an injury and did not return vs. Buffalo (11/11). Was replaced by Donald Thomas.
- Returned to the starting lineup in win at St. Louis (10/28)after leaving previous contest early with an illness.
- Started at right guard and played the first series of the overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21), but was forced to leave the game due to illness.
- Started at right guard and played fullback vs. Denver (10/7) on offense that had its second straight 200-yard rushing game for the first time since 1978.
- Started at right guard and appeared at fullback as part of an offense that produced two 100-yard rushers in the win at Buffalo (9/30).
- Returned from injury and started at right guard at Baltimore (9/23) after missing one game due to injury.
- Missed some practice time during the week leading up to the game vs. the Cardinals and was active but did not play vs. Arizona (9/16).
- Started at right guard and appeared at fullback in the win at Tennessee (9/9). Left the game with an injury and did not return.
2010 (14/13, 1/1)
- Played in 13 games with 11 starts as part of an offensive line that helped Tom Brady become one of four players in NFL history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
- Started at center in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants (1/5), the AFC Championship against the Ravens (1/22), as well as the Divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14), in which the offensive line did not give up a sack on 34 pass attempts, while allowing Tom Brady to pass for 363 yards.
- Started at center against the Dolphins (12/24).
- Returned to action in a reserve role against the Broncos (12/18).
- Was inactive due to injury against the Eagles (11/27), Colts (12/4) and Redskins (12/11).
- Started at center against the Jets (10/9), Cowboys (10/16), Steelers (10/30, Giants (11/6), Jets (11/13) and Chiefs (11/21).
- Started at center against the Raiders (10/2).
- Started on a line that did not allow a quarterback sack against the Bills (9/25).
- Started at center for the injured Dan Koppen against the Chargers (9/18).
- Played in a reserve role at guard before filling in at center for the injured Dan Koppen against the Dolphins (9/12).
2009 (14/4, 1/1)
- Started at right guard in place of the injured Stephen Neal against the Steelers (11/14), Colts (11/21), Lions (11/25) and Jets (12/6).
- Helped the Patriots become the first team in 2010 to record over 100 rushing yards (103) against a stingy Steelers defense, including a 17-yard rush by BenJarvus Green-Ellis that was the longest run by any player against the Steelers this season. Also helped power Tom Brady to 350 passing yards.
- Saw time at left and right guard, as well as full back in some goal line situations against the Browns (11/7). Also returned two kickoffs for 19 yards.
- Was part of an offensive line that helped BenJarvus Green-Ellis to a career-high 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings (10/31).
- Started at left guard in the first seven games of the season and saw time at full back in some goal line situations.
- Played in a career-high 14 games with four starting assignments at right guard in place of an injured Stephen Neal.
- Made his first NFL start, playing at right guard in place of the injured Neal in the Patriots' 31-14 victory over the New York Jets (11/22).
- Was inactive for the first two games of the season before making his 2009 debut vs. Atlanta (9/27) on special teams.
- Saw action at center, right guard, and as an eligible receiver as a third tight end throughout the season.
- Was inactive for the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10) due to an injury suffered in the season-finale at Houston (1/3).
- Appeared in one game, making his Patriots debut while playing on special teams blocking units in the season finale at Buffalo (12/28).
- Listed as a gameday inactive for the season’s first five games.
- Released by the Patriots on Oct. 20 and signed to the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 22.
- Spent seven weeks on the Patriots practice squad from Oct. 22 to Dec. 13.
- Signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Dec. 13.
- Listed as a game day inactive at Oakland (12/14) and against Arizona (12/21).
2006 (0/0 - Jacksonville)
- Was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 12 and spent the remainder of the season on the practice squad.
- Released by Jacksonville following the preseason (9/1).
2005 (4/0, 1/0 - Jacksonville)
- Placed on the reserve/injured list on Sept. 4 and missed the entire 2006 regular season.
- Played in four games for the Jaguars as a rookie, seeing action on special teams.
- Was one of two undrafted Jaguars rookies to make the team (Derrick Wimbush) and was one of just 15 players in team history to make the team as an undrafted rookie.
- Made his NFL debut on Dec. 11 against Indianapolis.
- Was active for the final four games of the regular season and for a wild card playoff game at New England on Jan. 7.
- Was a four-year starting offensive tackle at Southeast Missouri State.
- All-conference selection for four consecutive seasons.
- Finished career with 46 consecutive starts.
- Started at offensive tackle in all 11 games as a senior.
- Earned first-team all-conference.
- Started at offensive tackle all season as a junior and earned second-team all-conference after allowing only one sack.
- As a sophomore, started at offensive tackle all season.
- Earned second-team all-conference after not allowing any sacks.
- Daniel Paul Connolly was born the son of John and Mary Beth Connolly on Sept. 2, 1982.
- Was a three-time all-district and all-conference at Marquette High in Chesterfield, Mo.
- First member of the 1,000-pound weight lifting club.
- Actively supports his teammates' community efforts.
- Majored in general studies.
- Dan and his wife Lori have a daughter, Caroline.
- Dan's brother, Patrick, is the former Chef de Cuisine at Radius, a French restaurant in Boston. Patrick was the winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in the Northeast region for 2008. He is now the head chef at Bobo in the West Village in New York City.