David Diehl


David Diehl
David Diehl

David Diehl at the New York Giants Super Bowl champions parade in NYC.
No. 66     New York Giants
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: September 15, 1980 (1980-09-15) (age 31)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Debuted in 2003 for the New York Giants
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     112
Games started     112
Stats at NFL.com

David Diehl (pronounced /ˈdiːl/) (born September 15, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football offensive guard with the New York Giants of the National Football League and is one of only two offensive lineman who entered the NFL in 2003 to start all 80 regular season games through the end of the 2008 season.

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Early life

Diehl was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 15, 1980. He is of Croatian descent on his mother side, and of German descent on his father side.[1][2][3][4][5] When he was younger Diehl frequently visited, with his family, local Croatian churches and emigrant clubs in Chicago.[5] Strong bonds with Croatian-Americans have been proved when he continued with that habit even after he moved to New Jersey, where local Croatian community often have him as a visitor.[4]

High school career

Diehl attended Brother Rice High School[6] in Chicago, where he starred for the football, wrestling, and track teams. Also attended St. Linus Grammar school in Oak Lawn, Illinois

College career

Second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior in 2002. Recipient of the Wright Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the Illinois player who has dedicated himself to academic excellence despite obstacles faced during his collegiate career. Started every game at left offensive guard, registering 91 knockdowns for an offense that featured its first 1,000-yard rusher (Antoineo Harris) and 1,000-yard receiver (Brandon Lloyd) in the same season since 1984. Helped offense total 5,356 yards. In 2001, saw action at both guard and tackle. Registered 56 knockdowns as he participated in 385 plays for an offense that gained 5,041 yards as the line allowed only 16 quarterback sacks (second in the Big Ten). In 2000, was valuable reserve, seeing action in every game at right guard. Made 15 knockdowns as he participated in 43 plays. In 1999: Played in 6 games on the field goal and extra point protection units. Redshirted as a freshman in 1998.

Pro career

Diehl was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and was the 160th overall selection. Diehl has played multiple positions on the offensive line.

In his rookie season, Diehl started all 16 games, becoming the first Giants rookie to do so since Mark Bavaro in 1985. He was one of 14 NFL rookies to start all 16 games in 2003 and was the only rookie to start at the same position each game during the 2003 season

In 2005, Diehl played yet another position, starting 15 regular season games at left guard and 1 game at right tackle. That season, Tiki Barber rushed for a franchise-record 1,860 yards, and Eli Manning passed for 3,762 yards, the 5th-highest total in franchise history.

The Giants signed Diehl to a six-year, $31 million contract in May 2008.[7]

At the end of the 2009 season, Diehl was elected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a Super Bowl Participant replacement.[8]

Diehl was moved from left tackle to left guard following the release of Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara and the signing of David Baas. [9]

Personal

Diehl during the Giants Super Bowl XLII rally at Giants stadium.

His Croat origins are from his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, Ante Bekavac, emigrated to United States from Lovreć in Croatia, while his grandmother (born Semanić) is from Croatian islands. Thanks to his grandmother, Diehl was raised in Croatian spirit; he wanted to represent his Croatian descent through a tattoo of the Croatian coat of arms on his left arm.[4] Diehl stated that his favorite tattoo is his Croatian coat of arms. He visited Croatia in June and July 2011, in search for his roots.[5]

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