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Dan Rains

Football ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

Dan Rains’ football career typified the determination and desire for which Beaver County athletics have become known. Rains was a three year letterman in three sports – football, basketball, and track – at Hopewell High School. A teammate of Tony Dorsett, Dan was a key member of the Viking squads that went 9-1 in 1971 and 1972. Upon graduation, Dan went to the University of Cincinnati where he became a prominent member of the Bearcats. A linebacker, he was team captain in 1976 and 1977, being named team MVP in 1977. Dan was named to the AP All American team his senior year and played in both the Japan and Hula Bowls. Overlooked by the NFL, he played semipro football from 1978 to 1980 and proved to be so outstanding that he was later inducted into the Semipro Hall of Fame in 1986. He was finally given a chance to play in the NFL by the Chicago Bears in 1981 and made the team. When Mike Ditka took over the Bears, he made Dan special teams captain. Dan was a member of the 1985 Bears that won the Super Bowl by blasting the New England Patriots. He continued his career until 1987 before injuries ended it.