David Galloway (American football)

David Galloway (American football)
David Galloway
No. 65, 99     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: February 16, 1959 (1959-02-16) (age 52)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
High School: Brandon High School
Brandon, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: University of Florida
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Debuted in 1982 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last played in 1990 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Southeastern Conference (1981)
  • First-team All-American (1981)
  • University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame
Quarterback sacks     38.0
Fumbles recovered     5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

David Lawrence Galloway (born February 16, 1959) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons in the 1980s and early 1990s. Galloway played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.


Early life

Galloway was born in Tampa, Florida in 1959.[1] Both of Galloway's parents died before he was 10 years old, and he was cared for by his two older sisters.[2] He attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida,[3] where he was a standout high school football player for the Brandon Eagles.[2] Galloway was six feet, three inches tall and weighed 225 pounds in high school; he was a dominating athlete in basketball, football and track.[2] As a senior for the Eagles in 1977, he was an all-state, prep All-American defensive lineman in football, led Hillsborough County in basketball dunks, and helped the Brandon Eagles to an 18–2 conference basketball title, and threw the shot and discus for the track team.[2]

College career

Galloway received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played defensive end and defensive tackle for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell's Florida Gators football teams from 1978 to 1981.[4] During Galloway's junior season in 1980, he was a member of the Gators team that posted the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of NCAA Division I football[5]—from 0–10–1 in 1979[6] to an 8–4 bowl team in 1980.[7]

He was recognized as a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and an honorable mention All-American in 1980.[4] As a senior team captain in 1981, Galloway was a first-team All-SEC selection, and a Football Writers Association of America first-team All-American.[4] He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[8]

Professional career

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Galloway in the second round (thirty-eighth pick overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft,[9] and he played eight seasons for the Cardinals from 1982 to 1989, and one final season for the Denver Broncos in 1990.[10] He played in ninety-nine games, started seventy-six of them, and recorded thirty-eight quarterback sacks and five recovered fumbles in his ten-season NFL career.[1]

Life after football

Galloway is married, and he and his wife Josie have led a marriage ministry together for seven years. They have three sons.[2] Galloway currently works as a licensed real estate agent, and started a street ministry called "Believers in the Blood" with Barry Williams in the greater Miami area, where he lives. The ministry is an outreach of Words of Life Fellowship Church based in North Miami Beach, Florida.[2]

See also

  • 1981 College Football All-America Team
  • Florida Gators
  • Florida Gators football, 1970–1979
  • Florida Gators football, 1980–1989
  • List of Florida Gators football players
  • List of University of Florida alumni


  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, David Galloway. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Brett McMurphy, "Tampa Bay's All-Century Team: No. 36 David Galloway," The Tampa Tribune (November 23, 1999). Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, David Galloway. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 87, 92, 96, 124, 153, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 95–96 (2007).
  6. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1975–1979. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  7. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results 1980–1984. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  8. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  9. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1982 National Football League Draft, Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  10. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, David Galloway. Retrieved June 2, 2010.


  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0794822983.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196x.

External links

  • Words of Life – Official website of the Words of Life ministry.

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