CAREER TRANSACTIONSDan 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 REVIEWS2014 (12/12, 3/3)
- Set an 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 2010 NFL-record setting kickoff return against the Packers.
- Has started at left guard, right guard and center with the Patriots.
- Selected as an offensive co-captain by his teammates for the first time in 2014.
- A versatile player who has started at left guard, right guard and center with the Patriots.
2013 (16/16, 2/2)
- Started at left guard and played every offensive snap in the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15).
- Started at left guard in the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15).
- Returned from injury to start at left guard in the AFC Divisional win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15).
- Inactive at N.Y. Jets (12/21) and vs. Buffalo (12/28) due to injury.
- Selected as an offensive co-captain by his teammates.
- Started at left guard and was part of an offensive line that didn't allow a sack vs. Miami (12/14).
- Started at left guard at Green Bay (11/30) and at San Diego (12/7).
- Started at left guard and was part of an offensive line that didn't allow a sack for the second straight game in the win vs. Detroit (11/23).
- Started at left guard in the win at Indianapolis (11/16), allowing no sacks and helping pave the way for 246 rushing yards.
- Started at left guard in the win vs. Denver (11/2).
- Returned from injury to start at left guard in the win vs. Chicago (10/26).
- Inactive vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16) due to injury.
- Started his third straight game at left guard in the win at Buffalo (10/12), but was forced to leave the game with a head injury in the first half and did not return.
- Started his second straight game at left guard in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5).
- Started at left guard at Kansas City (9/29) after starting the first three games of the season at center.
- Started at center in the win vs. Oakland (9/21), moving to right guard in the fourth quarter in place of starter Jordan Devey, with Bryan Stork going to center.
- Started at center in the win at Minnesota (9/14) and recovered a Julian Edelman fumble at the Vikings 30-yard line at the end of the first quarter to keep possession. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 48-yard field goal on the following play.
- Started at center for the first time since 2011 in the season opener at Miami (9/7). Moved to right guard in place of starter Jordan Devey, with Ryan Wendell going to center as part of an offensive line rotation throughout the game.
2012 (14/14, 2/2)
- Started all 16 regular-season games and both playoff contests at right guard as part of an offense that ranked seventh overall in total offense and third in scoring.
- Started at right guard vs. New Orleans (10/13) and left the game in the first half with an injury and did not return.
- Returned to the starting lineup at N.Y. Jets (10/20).
- Started at right guard vs. Pittsburgh (11/3) as part of an offense that helped score 55 points and compile 610 yards.
2011 (13/11, 3/3)
- Started 14 regular season games at right guard and also appeared at fullback in short yardage situations.
- Part of an offensive line that helped running back Stevan Ridley rush for 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
- Started both playoff games at right guard.
- Was inactive due to injury vs. Indianapolis (11/18).
- 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.
- Missed some practice time during the week leading up to the game and was active but did not play vs. Arizona (9/16).
- 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.
- 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) as part of an 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.
- 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 until game vs. Baltimore (9/23).
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 before accepting the executive chef position at The Kitchen NYC, an event space and food studio in Midtown Manhattan. Then in 2012, Connolly returned to St. Louis, where he is executive chef at Basso.