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Dave Stalls
No. 65, 61
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1955-09-19) September 19, 1955 (age 63)
Madison, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Hamilton (OH) Taft
College:Northern Colorado
NFL Draft:1977 / Round: 7 / Pick: 191
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:99
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

David Milton Stalls (born September 19, 1955) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Los Angeles Raiders. He also was a member of the Denver Gold in the United States Football League. He played college football at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Early years

Stalls attended Taft High School and did not start playing football until ninth grade, because he used to focus on ice hockey instead.

After not receiving much interest and writing letters to 40 prospective schools, he received a scholarship offer from the Division II University of Northern Colorado. He was a four-year starter at defensive tackle and received third-team Little All-American honors in 1975.[1]

In 1997, he was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Stalls was selected in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he was a core special teams player. In 1978, he was used mainly as a pass-rush specialist at left defensive tackle in place of Jethro Pugh or Larry Cole and emerged as a key reserve, registering 4 unofficial sacks (fourth on the team).

In 1979, he started the first 12 games at left defensive tackle (replacing the retired Jethro Pugh) ahead of former first-round draft choice Larry Bethea, until being replaced by Cole, after the Cowboys traded for John Dutton who would play left defensive end. He finished with 51 tackles and 5 unofficial sacks (tied for fourth on the team).[3]

In 1980, Ed "Too Tall" Jones unretired and the Cowboys opened training camp with 8 quality defensive linemen, when they usually kept seven. The team decided to retain Bethea and Bruce Thornton instead, and on August 6, Stalls was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 1981 seventh round pick (#173-Ron Fellows) and a 1982 fourth round pick (#101-Brian Carpenter).[4]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 1980, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for Stalls to replace an injured defensive end Wally Chambers.[5] He appeared in 15 games with 3 starts.

In 1981, he was a backup end and defensive tackle used mostly on passing downs, until injuries to Lee Roy Selmon and Bill Kollar's season ending knee injury, forced him to start 9 games at left defensive end.[6]

In the 1982 strike shortened season, he led the team in sacks (6.5) ahead of the future hall of famer Selmon. The next year, he had a contract holdout during training camp and asked for the Buccaneers to trade him to the Denver Broncos, in order to pursue his veterinarian interests in the offseason.[7] Complicating matters was a tense relationship with head coach John McKay and the team's ownership, because of his NFL players' union activities.[8]

Stalls ended up renegotiating his contract after the Broncos didn't accept giving up a fourth-round draft choice as part of the trade. He eventually reported to the team and had to pay $40,000 in fines for missing time.[9] On October 18, he was waived after the Buccaneers were notified that he signed a future services contract with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League.[10]

Los Angeles Raiders (first stint)

On November 10, 1983, needing help on the defensive line, the Los Angeles Raiders signed Stalls to a short-term contract after the Denver Gold agreed to loan him.[11] Although he didn't have the size, he was used as a pass-rushing nose tackle where his quickness created mismatches en route to the Raiders winning Super Bowl XVIII.[12]

Denver Gold (USFL)

Stalls took two weeks off after the Super Bowl to physically recover from the grind of the NFL season and joined training camp in February. In 1984, he led the team in sacks with 12.5 (sixth in the league) but his production started to decline halfway through the season because of his body exhaustion. On May 18, he announced his retirement to concentrate in his next career.[13]

Los Angeles Raiders (second stint)

After sitting out the previous year attending veterinary school at Colorado State University, he was signed by the Los Angeles Raiders as a free agent on July 21, 1985.[14] The team used him again as a pass-rush specialist from the nose tackle position. He was released on October 3.[15]

Personal life

After football, he experienced many careers such as marine biology at California State University, veterinary medical studies at Colorado State University, investment banking at Boettcher & Company and Stern Brothers, sales at MCI Telecommunications, youth advocacy with the Center for the New West, senior management with the City of Denver's Recreation Department, founder & executive director of The Spot (gang youth center), executive director of Aspen Youth Experience, President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, and currently the founder & executive director of the Street Fraternity in Denver, Colorado.


  1. ^ "Grambling Places 2 On A-A Team". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dave Stalls, Football (1974-76)". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Stalled McKay Hopes Stalls Ends Woes". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Stalls chasing QB's, doctorate". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Buccaneers Raid Cowboys For Defensive Insurance". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ex-Cowboy Stalls: Emotional Bucs can tackle cool Dallas". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Call Of The Wild Draws Bucs' Stalls To Colorado". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bucs elect Dave Stalls their new player rep". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Stalls Not Stalling, He's Quit". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bucs' Stalls, Yarno Sign With USFL". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Raiders thrive by giving football rebels a home". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Raiders Camp : Schramm, Davis Let Players Do the Head-Butting". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Briefly". Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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