Canadeo played for the Packers from 1941 to 1952 as a halfback, though he did miss most of the 1944 season as well as 1945 so he could serve in the US Army during World War II. Once he returned from War, Canadeo didn’t miss a game in his final seven seasons. Nicknamed the “Gray Ghost of Gonzaga,” Canadeo was a scrappy, punishing runner and the third in NFL history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
As a young player, Canadeo was a dual threat as a runner and passer, a dangerous kickoff and punt returner, a ball-hawking safety and even a capable punter. During the latter part of his career, Canadeo played during a transitional period in Packers history and had to adapt to playing on a losing team and in a new offense, as well as to substantial NFL rule changes. Through it all, he was revered by teammates for being a fierce competitor and spirited leader. “Tony was all desire,” former teammate Bob Forte once said.