Dave Huffman
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-04-04)April 4, 1957
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Date of death: November 21, 1998(1998-11-21) (aged 41)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 1979 1983)
Career highlights and awards
* NCAA National Champion (1977)
Games Played     128
Games Started     22

David Lambert Huffman (April 4, 1957 – November 22, 1998) was an American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League and United States Football League (USFL) for twelve seasons during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Huffman played college football for the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of Notre Dame's 1977 national championship team and an All-American. He played professionally for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, and the Memphis Showboats of the USFL.

Early yearsEdit

Huffman was born in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas, where he was a member of the high school newspaper staff.[1]

College careerEdit

He attended the University of Notre Dame, and played for coach Ara Parseghian and coach Dan Devine's Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1975 to 1979.[1] As a junior, Huffman was a member of the Irish's 1977 national championship squad. As a senior in 1977, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. His brothers, Tim and Steve, also played for Notre Dame. He was noted for his good humor, which included saying that during games he always wore red-colored elbow pads so that his mother could see where he was in the pile-ups.

Professional careerEdit

The Minnesota Vikings selected Huffman in the second round (forty-third pick overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 1979 to 1990 with only one interruption. In 1984 and 1985, he also played for the USFL's Arizona Wranglers and Memphis Showboats. In his eleven NFL seasons, he played in 128 games.


Huffman died in a car accident November 21, 1998, while on his way to the final Notre Dame home game of the seasons. He was driving drunk after being out at Chicago bars and thankfully his passenger was not killed.[2] He was survived by his wife, Cathy, a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Jack.[3] Each year, the city of Chanhassen, Minnesota, where Huffman served as a Park & Recreation Commissioner after his playing days, hosts a Dave Huffman Memorial 5,000-meter run.[4]



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