David Boston

David Byron Boston (born August 19, 1978) is a former professional football wide receiver. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals eighth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. During David Boston's college years he played football at Ohio State. Boston also played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Boston became a Pro Bowl selection with the Cardinals in 2001. The final years of Boston's career and his immediate post-football life was plagued by several arrests and other legal issues.

David Boston
No. 89, 80,11
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:August 19, 1978 (age 40)
Humble, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Humble (TX)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4,699
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Boston was born in Humble, Texas, and played youth football in the Humble Area Football League.[1]

College career

After graduating from Humble High School in Humble, Texas, Boston became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes (1996–98). His 191 pass receptions as a Buckeye remain a team record, as do his career average of 5.2 receptions per game and 910 career punt return yards. His 2,855 receiving yards were a school record until surpassed by Michael Jenkins in 2003. With 36 career touchdown receptions (and one two-point conversion), Boston averaged 5.89 points per game.

Boston's best-remembered moment remains his game-winning five-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Joe Germaine with 19 seconds remaining in the 1997 Rose Bowl.

College statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1996 Ohio State 12 33 450 7
1997 Ohio State 13 73 970 14
1998 Ohio State 12 85 1,435 13
College Totals 37 191 2,855 34


Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
4.47 s 1.56 s 2.52 s 4.09 s 7.20 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Arizona Cardinals

Boston left Ohio State with a year of eligibility remaining, and was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In 2001, Boston had 98 receptions for 1598 yards and eight touchdowns, starting in the Pro Bowl.

San Diego Chargers

Boston signed a seven-year, $47 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) with the San Diego Chargers in 2003. That season, he caught 70 passes for 880 yards and seven touchdowns, though head coach Marty Schottenheimer suspended him for a game after he cursed out strength coach Dave Redding. Despite his adequate on-field performance, Chargers GM A.J. Smith traded Boston to the Miami Dolphins for a sixth round draft choice, citing his moody personality and lackadaisical practice habits.[4]

Miami Dolphins

Before the 2004 season, Boston tested positive for steroids and was ordered to serve a four-game suspension. The suspension became academic after he tore ligaments in his knee and was unable to play for the entire season. The Dolphins cut him at the end of the year, then proceeded to re-sign him for the veterans' minimum for 2005. He played in five games that year before tearing knee ligaments again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2006, Boston signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released by the team on September 12, 2007 after being arrested for DUI.

Toronto Argonauts

After spending the 2007 season out of football, Boston signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on April 21, 2008. Boston reported to training camp but his medical report showed a stress fracture in his right foot and recommended surgery. He was placed on the suspended list, never practicing or playing in the pre-season.[5] A second doctor's opinion, however, was that it was a two-year-old injury and cleared him to play in the regular season opener on June 27, 2008, when he recorded two receptions for a total of 16 yards.[6] Following the game, however, Boston reported feeling too much pain and opted to follow the original doctor's suggestion of surgery requiring a 10 to 12 weeks rehabilitation period.[7] He never played another down of pro football.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Average Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1999 ARI 16 40 473 11.8 43 2 21 1 0
2000 ARI 16 71 1,156 16.3 70 7 48 1 0
2001 ARI 16 98 1,598 16.3 61 8 72 1 1
2002 ARI 8 32 512 16.0 34 1 28 0 0
2003 SD 14 70 880 12.6 46 7 42 2 2
2005 MIA 5 4 80 20.0 54 0 2 0 0
Total Total 75 315 4,699 14.9 70 25 213 5 3


Personal life

Boston's father, Byron, is an American football official in the NFL. He was not permitted to officiate regular season games in which David was playing. Byron worked as a line judge for one of his son's preseason games, between the Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers on August 14, 1999.

On August 23, 2007, Boston was arrested in Pinellas Park, Florida and charged with DUI after a failed sobriety test was conducted. Boston was released on his own recognizance.[9] Boston's breath test resulted in a reading of 0.00 BAC. On September 10, 2007 it was released to the media that David Boston tested positive for GHB,[10] a recreational drug with questionable ties to bodybuilding. After learning of the drug charges the Buccaneers quickly came to an injury settlement with Boston allowing him to be released. On September 12, 2007, Boston was officially released by Tampa Bay when they decided to sign Mark Jones. On December 1, 2011, Boston was accused of beating a woman after a night of drinking in Boca Raton. Boston allegedly punched the woman twice in the head, leaving a gash requiring 10 stitches, according to a Boca Raton police report.[11] Boston pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated battery and received a six-month prison sentence. Judge Charles Burton said that he was extending leniency to Boston, turning down the prosecution's request for a term of four years, because of medical evidence that the defendant had incurred permanent brain injuries from the four concussions he sustained during his playing days.[12]


  1. ^ HAFL
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "David Boston Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com.
  4. ^ http://www.utsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20040316-9999-news_1s16chargers.html
  5. ^ "Argos' Boston to have surgery, out 10-12 weeks". TSN.ca. June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  6. ^ "CFL Live Game Day". Canadian Football League. June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  7. ^ Zelkovich, Chris (June 30, 2008). "Boston needs foot surgery after all". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  8. ^ "David Boston Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  9. ^ TBO.com. Tampa Bay video news
  10. ^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pewter Report :: Index
  11. ^ http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/dolphins/ex-miami-dolphins-receiver-david-boston-charged-with-2006580.html
  12. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-12-07/news/fl-david-boston-battery-sentence-20121207_1_battery-arrest-battery-charge-circuit-judge-charles-burton
1996 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1996 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was John Cooper. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–1, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They were co-champions of Big Ten Conference with the Northwestern Wildcats and played in the 1997 Rose Bowl against Pacific-10 Conference champion the Arizona State Sun Devils. Ohio State did not play Northwestern during the regular season and were selected to play in the Rose Bowl due to their better overall record of 10–1 (the Wildcats were 9–2). Northwestern had played in the previous Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes used two quarterbacks throughout the year, junior Stanley Jackson, and sophomore Joe Germaine, the Buckeyes were dominant throughout the majority of the season, outscoring their opponents by a score of 455–131. The Buckeyes only loss came late in the season to their rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, by a score of 13–9.

Because of the late loss, Ohio State fell from second to fourth in the polls. Due to the Big Ten and Pac-10 not being involved in the Bowl Alliance agreement as the two champions were contractually obligated to play in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State was set to play #2 Arizona State, while #1 Florida State and #3 Florida played for the national championship in the 1997 Sugar Bowl.

Ohio State went into the 1997 Rose Bowl with high hopes and Germaine came off the bench and threw a late touchdown pass to David Boston to steal a come-from-behind victory. With the Buckeyes dramatic upset victory over the Sun Devils, Buckeye fans hoped for a share of the national title. However, Florida would later avenge a late season loss to their rivals, and beat the Seminoles by a score of 52–20. Florida finished first and Ohio State second in both polls, followed by Florida State and Arizona State. The National Championship was claimed by both Ohio State and Florida following a 2018 Gatorade commercial that debuted during the 2017 NCAA National Championship game.

The Rose Bowl appearance was the Buckeyes first since 1985. The Rose Bowl victory was the sixth in school history, the first since 1974. Germaine was named Rose Bowl MVP.

1997 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1997 Big Ten Conference football season was the 102nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The 1997 Big Ten champion was Michigan. Led by head coach Lloyd Carr, Michigan compiled a perfect 12–0 record, defeated Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl, and was declared the national champion in the AP Poll. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Ohio State finished in a tie for second place with a 10–3 record and lost to Florida State in the 1998 Sugar Bowl. Ohio State's defense was led by consensus All-American linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer.

Penn State also tied for second place and was led by Curtis Enis who rushed for 1,363 yards and led the conference with 120 points scored. The Nittany Lions began the 1997 season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll and ended it with a loss to Florida in the 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl.

Purdue also tied for second place under first-year head coach Joe Tiller who was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Purdue quarterback Billy Dicken led the conference with 3,136 passing yards, and wide receiver Brian Alford led the conference with 1,228 receiving yards.

Iowa was ranked as high as No. 4 in the AP Poll during the season and fielded the conference's most potent offensive with an average of 34.3 points scored per game. Iowa running back Tavian Banks led the conference with 1,639 rushing yards.

1997 Rose Bowl

The 1997 Rose Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Arizona State Sun Devils of the Pacific-10 Conference and the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference. The game was the 83rd edition of the annual Rose Bowl Game, held on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The game resulted in a dramatic 20–17 victory for the Buckeyes when Joe Germaine led a last-minute touchdown drive. Joe Germaine was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. The loss remains infamous among Arizona State fans, as the loss cost them a chance at winning their only national championship. Had they won, they would've been the only undefeated team in the nation, and as a result, would've likely given the Devils at least a share of the national championship.

1998 College Football All-America Team

The 1998 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following All-American Teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and Football News.

The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was John Cooper. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–1, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They were co-champions of the Big Ten Conference with the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines and played in one of the premiere Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 1999 Sugar Bowl.

Led by senior quarterback Joe Germaine, the Buckeyes were the preseason number one team and remained top-ranked throughout the majority of the season. The Buckeyes only loss came late in the season to the Michigan State Spartans. The team blew a 15-point lead late in the game to fall 28–24.

Because of the late loss, Ohio State was kept out of the National Championship Game, the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. Their regular season "miss" of not playing fellow tri-champion Wisconsin also cost the Bucks a trip to the 1999 Rose Bowl because Ohio State was the last to play in the Rose Bowl in 1997, Wisconsin last played in 1994.The Buckeyes beat Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl to finish second in both polls behind the Tennessee Volunteers after their victory over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl.

1999 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1999 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 101st season, 80th season in the National Football League and the 12th in Arizona.. The team was unable to match their previous output of 9–7, instead winning only six games. The Cardinals will fail to return to the playoffs until the 2008 season.

2000 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2000 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 102nd season, 81st season in the National Football League and the 13th in Arizona. The Cardinals ranked 24th in the NFL in total offense and 30th in total defense. The Cardinals ranked last in the NFC in Takeaways/Giveaways with a rating of −24.The Cardinals surrendered 443 points in 2000, the second-worst in the NFL, and second-worst in franchise history. Arizona's minus-233 point differential is the worst in team history.Two of the Cardinals’ three victories came by one point each, and they were 0–8 on the road. Following the most lopsided of those eight road losses, 48–7 at Dallas in week eight, coach Vince Tobin was fired, ending his tenure in the desert after 4½ seasons with a 29–44 record. Defensive coordinator Dave McGinnis was named interim coach, and he held the job through the end of the 2003 season. The 3-13 mark would be matched in 2018.

The Cardinals suffered through their poorest season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, eclipsing the 4–12 marks of 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1997. The Cardinals also went 4–9–1 in 1971, 1972 and 1973, and 4–11–1 in 1986, and would suffer through another 4–12 campaign in 2003.

2001 All-Pro Team

The 2001 All-Pro Team comprises the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2001. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2001 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008. In 2001 the AP did not have a separate “fullback” position. Also, in 2001, the AP returned to choosing two inside linebackers, rather than one.

2001 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2001 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise’s 82nd year with the National Football League and the 14th season in Arizona. It was their final season in the NFC East division before moving to their current division, the NFC West. The 2001 Cardinals were also the final team in NFL history to have a Week 1 bye.

The 2001 season was Pat Tillman’s final season as he left the NFL to join the U.S. Army following the season.

2001 NFL season

The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the NFL's week 2 games (September 16 and 17) were postponed and rescheduled to the weekend of January 6 and 7. In order to retain the full playoff format, all playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXVI, were rescheduled one week later. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, defeating the St. Louis Rams 20–17 at the Louisiana Superdome.

2002 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2002 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise’s 83rd year with the National Football League and 15th season in Arizona. It was their first season in the NFC West. It was Jake Plummer’s final season with the Cardinals as he went to the Denver Broncos in the 2003 off-season.

2002 Pro Bowl

The 2002 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2001 season. The game was played on February 9, 2002, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38, NFC 30. Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the game's MVP.

Dave Komonen

Taavi "Dave" Komonen (December 16, 1898 – April 19, 1978) was a Finnish-Canadian athlete, who mainly competed in marathon running. He won the Boston Marathon in 1934.

J. R. Russell

J. R. Russell (born December 5, 1981) is a former wide receiver. He was drafted by the Bucs in the 7th round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Louisville. He was re-signed to the Bucs' practice squad on November 30, 2005, and was competing for a spot on the opening day roster, along with former Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler David Boston and rookie Maurice Stovall from Notre Dame. Russell was released on August 29, 2006.Russell is no stranger to Tampa. Just 9 miles north of the Bucs' home field, Raymond James Stadium, on the same street, stands Russell's high school alma mater, Gaither High School. Nicknamed the Cowboys, Russell saw great success come not only on the football field, but on the court as well. It wasn't until weeks before departing for Louisville that he decided to pursue a career on football instead of basketball.

Russell's younger brother, Antonio, a graduate of 2004, also attended Gaither and was a star point guard for the Cowboys, leading them to the regional championship game in 2004 in a losing effort to Lake Region High School of Polk County. He played college basketball for the Western Carolina Catamounts.Currently resides in Tampa with his 3 children and wife Theresa.

Junior Seau

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. (; SAY-ow; January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012), better known as Junior Seau, was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his passionate play, he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Originally from Oceanside, California, Seau played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft. Seau started for 13 seasons for the Chargers and led them to Super Bowl XXIX before being traded to the Miami Dolphins where he spent three years, and spent his last four seasons with the New England Patriots. Following his retirement, he was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his number 55.

Seau committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in 2012 at the age of 43. Later studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players. The disease is believed to derive from repetitive head trauma, and can lead to conditions like dementia, rage and depression.

List of Harvard Crimson in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Harvard Crimson football players in the NFL Draft.

Ohio State Buckeyes football

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922. The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships along with 39 conference championships (including 37 Big Ten titles), seven division championships, 10 undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons (no losses or ties). As of 2017, the football program is valued at $1.5 billion, the highest valuation of any such program in the country.The first Ohio State game was a 20–14 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 3, 1890. The team was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) as a charter member in 1902. The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1912 became members of the Big Ten Conference.Ohio State won their first national championship in 1942 under head coach Paul Brown. Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 hired Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under Hayes, Ohio State won over 200 games, 13 Big Ten championships and five national championships (1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and 1970), and had four Rose Bowl wins in eight appearances. Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earle Bruce and later John Cooper coached the team to a combined seven conference championships between them. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and led Ohio State to its seventh national championship in 2002. Under Tressel, Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games, winning five of them. In November 2011, Urban Meyer became head coach. Under Meyer, the team went 12–0 in his first season and set a school record with 24 consecutive victories, won three Big Ten championships (2014, 2017, and 2018), and won the first College Football Playoff National Championship of its kind in 2014.

Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders

The Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Buckeyes represent the Ohio State University in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Ohio State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1944. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1944, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

The NCAA only began counting bowl games toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Buckeyes have played in 13 bowl games since then, giving many recent players an additional game to accumulate statistics. However, Ohio State's official record books included bowl games in single-season and career statistics long before the NCAA made it official policy.

The Big Ten instituted a championship game starting in 2011, allowing the top team in each division to play another game each season. The Buckeyes played in this game in 2013 and 2014 and 2017.

Since head coach Urban Meyer arrived in 2012, the Buckeyes have run a spread option offense. 2013 saw the most offensive yards in school history, and the 2014 team passed that mark. The emphasis on dual-threat quarterbacks has led to Braxton Miller and JT Barrett entering the leaderboards.These lists are updated through Ohio State's game against Michigan on November 24, 2018. The Ohio State Media Guide does not include 2010 statistics for Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, and DeVier Posey due to NCAA sanctions. They are fully included in these lists, however.

Ohio State Buckeyes football yearly statistical leaders

Ohio State Buckeyes football yearly statistical leaders in points scored, rushing yards, passing yards, receptions, and total tackles.

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