Under the Helmet with Loren Danielson

  • Thu Jun 24th, 2010 11:51pm
  • Sports

Lineman | West Team

As a hard-nosed center on the offensive line, Loren Danielson is used to doing his job without getting much recognition. Maybe that’s why he was so stunned when individual awards piled up after his senior football season at Snohomish High School.

“After our season ended I was a little surprised — I got all-conference first team and all-area first team (honors).” Then, to top it off, Danielson was invited to play in the East-West All-Star Game. “I was pretty happy about that,” he said. “I had no idea that I was that good.”

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Danielson is practicing this week with the West team, which will play the East squad Saturday in the annual 3A/4A East-West Game at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Coach’s corner

“Twin images three years apart,” said Snohomish football coach Mark Perry, describing the similarities between Loren Danielson and his older brother Nick Danielson, a 2007 Snohomish grad. The brothers were both standout centers on the Panthers’ O-line.

Headed to L.A.

Loren Danielson was recruited to play for the Occidental College (Los Angeles) football team. His brother already plays for Occidental and will be a senior in the upcoming season. Occidental coaches are “looking at me to fill his position at center when he leaves,” Danielson said. “It’s really special. Being able to play on the same team really means a lot to me.”

Walter the Great

Danielson’s favorite pro football team is the Seahawks and his favorite player is nine-time NFL Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones, who retired at the end of April. “I give him so much respect,” said Danielson, “because he’s a lineman. All those specialty (skill) players get enough of the spotlight.”

Lacrosse lover

Danielson’s other sport is lacrosse, which he started playing in eighth grade. As a member of the Snohomish Lacrosse Club, he played goalie, a position that requires major mental toughness. “You’ve got to be a little crazy,” he said. “Some of those guys can shoot (the ball) like 85 to 90 miles per hour. You have to have the mentality that you have in football: you’ve just got to do everything you can to help your team win.

“Don’t be afraid to take a save off your shin,” he added, “or even in the groin every now and then.” Fortunately, Danielson plays with plenty of protection: a helmet, a chest protector, and thigh and leg pads.

At the movies

“The Boondock Saints” (1999) is Danielson’s favorite movie. It’s about two Irish brothers who team up to fight crime in Boston. Danielson likes the film because it reminds him of his close relationship with his brother, Nick.

Mike Cane, Herald Writer