Daniel J. DeSantis was born on September 21, 1918 and was a lifetime resident of Niagara Falls. He graduated from NF High School in 1937. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Niagara University in 1941. Dan served in the US Army during the Second World War as a Captain with the 4032 ND Army Air Force Base Unit from 1942 till his honorable discharge in 1946. He later actively served as a Major with the Air Force during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in 1952 he continued to serve his country in the Air Force Reserve until 1969, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.

DeSantis was an outstanding athlete known both locally and nationally. He earned all-city honors in both football and basketball at the former Trott Vocational High School. At NU, he was an outstanding halfback on the football team. Dan was named to the Little Three Conference all-star team as well as the All East Squad. He also earned All American honorable mention in 1940. He excelled in American Legion baseball as well as in Muny League and Industrial League baseball and basketball.

Dan played in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1941 to 1946. He was a triple threat...running, passing and kicking. He was also a kick returner and played defense. In 1947 he became the first NFL player to also play in the Canadian Football League (Hamilton Tiger Cats ).

DeSantis, following football, worked as a traffic coordinator at the Kimberly Clark Corporation in Niagara Falls. After 23 years at Kimberly, Dan retired and enjoyed being with his family as well as golfing and watching sports on TV. He also made frequent trips to California and Florida. in 1983 he was inducted in the then Old Timers Hall of Fame which became the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also inducted into the Niagara University Hall of Fame.Then in 2001 he was inducted to the Niagara Falls School District Sports Hall of Fame. 

Daniel DeSantis passed away on December 28, 2004 at the age of 86. He was survived by his wife Phyllis, 2children, 2 step children and 7 grandchildren.

Dan DeSantis

Pictured are NFSHOF members;
Coach Paul Smith (2007), Coach Bill Bradshaw (2008), Sean O’Leary (2014) and Jack Weber (2018)
Other NFSHOF inductees or friends and families of inductees are encouraged to sent in past photos that contain NFSHOF inductees. Please sent to or mail to:

Joe Rizzo
4705 Stacey Dr.
Lewiston, N14092


Joe Rizzo Elected NFSHOF President

Joe Rizzo has been elected as the new President of the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, filling the position left vacant after the passing of Tony Quaranto in October of 2019. Joe Rizzo was inducted into the NFSHOF in 2006 after a long and distinguished career as an athlete, football/wrestling/baseball coach and wrestling official. Joe will continue his position as Bylaws Interpreter for the Board. 

In Memoriam for NFSHOF President

Tony Quaranto

Niagara Falls lost one of it's most dedicated citizens yesterday in Tony Quaranto. Tony was the President of the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, former Niagara Falls Councilman, County Legislator Chairman and a man who always put out a hand in friendship. Tony will be missed by family, friends and by the countless people who he had affected their lives.

2019 Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Saturday, October 19th, Como Restaurant


Art Calandrelli Stadium Dedication

The Art Calandrelli Stadium dedication ceremony held October 4th and 5th was a great success and moving two days. Ellen Latham, daughter of Art and Rose Calandrelli and co-founder of the Orange Theory Fitness Centers, donated $150,000 to Niagara Falls high school for the stadium dedication and $5,000 scholarships to be awarded each April to a football and track participant. NF Hall of Fame inductees Roger Hailey (2016) and Joe Rizzo (2006) were among the individuals chosen to share memories from their playing and coaching years with Art Calandrelli.

2019 Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

Randy Burns
Jerry Fabiano
Marty Felice ( deceased)
Susan (O’Callaghan) Hefferon
James (Mike) Niland (deceased)
James Portese
Paul A. Quarantillo
George Salimbene
Rick Sweeney Sr.

Pep DiRamio Service Award:
John Loss

The new class will be enshrined during the Induction dinner at 6 PM at the Como Restaurant on Oct. 19th. For ticket information contact Mitch Adamshick (773-4743) or Tony Quaranto (285-3267).




Vice President: Dan Bazzani
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer: Pete Eodice
Sargent of Arms: Paul Smith

Board Members
Billy Clingersmith
Joe Colosi
John Goodfellow
Chuck Ogrodowski
Frank Previte Jr.
Bill Ross
 Mark Gabriele

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame honors members of the community who have contributed to the community through their sports activities as athletes, coaches, managers, organizers, sponsors and volunteers.

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, previously known as The Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1968. Over the past 45 years The Hall has honored 258 members of the Niagara Falls community that have contributed in some way to the field of athletics.

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame elects members into the Hall once a year. A person may be nominated for the Hall, but he must be elected into the Hall - a nomination does not guarantee induction into the Hall.

  • Harold Quinn and Pep DiRamio founded this organization in 1968. Eligible recipients must be 55 years of age or older to be considered for induction.
  • In 1975, the Pep DiRamio Award was established to recognize a member of the committee for special efforts in the success of our program.
  • In 1997, the Memorial Award was established to recognize the deceased individuals who were never selected.
  • In 1991, John Laurendi and Tony Quaranto reorganized the Hall after it had been discontinued.
  • The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame meets the second Wednesday of every month.