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Glenn Carano

  • Sport: Football
  • Decade Inducted: 2010s

Superbowl XII Champion, played seven seasons as Quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys. Before being drafted to the Cowboys in 1977, Carano played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he became a four-year starter as a quarterback, while setting almost all the school’s passing records.

With over three decades in the gaming industry, Glenn joined Eldorado Resort Casino Reno as Director of Sales in 1985. He became Director of Marketing at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno when it opened in July 1995 and was promoted to General Manager on August 1, 2014. Currently, Glenn has operational responsibility for the central region properties comprising Grand Victoria Casino Elgin in Illinois, Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in St. Louis, Missouri and Tropicana Evansville in Indiana. Prior to this appointment, Glenn was Senior Vice President of Operations for properties in the east region, including PA, OH and WV from April 2017 – August 2018.

Throughout his years in the Reno casino business, Carano has been an active leader within the Gaming and Tourism Industry. In 1995 he served a four-year term as Board Member of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and Chairman of the Marketing Committee. Mr. Carano was a Board Member with the Airport Authority in Reno for eight years and served six years as Commissioner with the Nevada Athletic Commission. He has served as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and a member of the Partners In Education with Sparks High School and Wooster High School.

Glenn Carano attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a football scholarship and was later drafted by the Dallas Cowboys where he served as the back-up quarterback to both Roger Staubach and Danny White from 1977 to 1983. During this time the Cowboys were in seven playoff seasons, five championship games, two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XII as the Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos (the Orange Crush). He then joined the Pittsburgh Maulers and retired from the United States Football League (USFL) in 1985 when he joined his family business at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno.

Glenn is the proud member of numerous Hall of Fames. His first honor came in 1973 when he was inducted into the Earl Wooster High School Football Hall of Fame in Reno.

His induction into the University of Nevada Las Vegas Football Hall of Fame celebrated his accomplishments as a three-year starting quarterback and honored him as both an individual, having set several of the school’s passing records, and as a team member of the one and only undefeated team in the history of UNLV. In 2015 Carano was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame for not only his time as a professional athlete, but for his accomplishments in community service and dedication to business across Nevada.

One other Hall of Fame that Carano is fittingly proud to be part of is the UNLVino Hall of Fame that raises funds for student scholarships at UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality – an appropriate tribute for the son of the founder of the world-renowned Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Don Carano.

Glenn, along with Al Lazzarone, Chris Aramini, Rick Reviglio and many others, is a founding member the Reno Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Team Carano comprises Glenn’s wife Lamise, daughters Kasey, Gina and Christi, and son-in-law Jason. Glenn joins Gina as an inductee in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, marking them as the first ever father – daughter tandem recipients.

Glenn Carano was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.