For the cartoonist, see David Lapham.
Dave Lapham
Date of birth: (1952-06-24) June 24, 1952 (age 68)
Place of birth: Melrose, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 3 / Pick 61
 As player:
Cincinnati Bengals
New Jersey Generals (USFL)
Playing stats at

Dave Lapham (born June 24, 1952, in Melrose, Massachusetts), is a former professional football offensive lineman for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals from 1974 to 1983 and the United States Football League's New Jersey Generals (1984–1985). During his career, he played all five line positions and was a key player on the 1981 Bengals squad that won the AFC championship, but ultimately lost Super Bowl XVI to the San Francisco 49ers.

Lapham attended Syracuse University (where he lettered in three seasons and was a team captain), and was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 1974 draft. He played with them until 1984, when he signed a ten-year guaranteed personal services contract with business tycoon Donald Trump, the majority owner of the New Jersey Generals. Lapham called it a "... business decision for my family."[1] Linebacker Jim LeClair, his Bengals teammate, also signed with the Generals.

After his retirement, Lapham became a Bengals broadcaster. He is the color analyst on Bengals' radio broadcasts with partner Dan Hoard handling play-by-play duties. The duo also hosts Bengals Weekly with Marvin Lewis, a recap and preview television show. He also works on Fox Sports Net's broadcasts of Big 12 Conference games. Additionally, he appears as a panelist on Sports Rock, a local sports commentary program.

Lapham also worked with Cincinnati Bengals long time Play by Play voice Brad Johansen, Phil Samp, the Bengals' original announcer, Ken Broo, the current Ohio State University play-by-play announcer Paul Keels and USC Trojans' announcer Pete Arbogast on Bengal broadcasts during the course of his tenure as color man. He is famous for urging on Bengal players with exhortations such as "come on!" and "get him!", saying "uh-oh" when a sack or interception is in the works, and calling the players by their first names.

His nephew, Richard Lapham, also an offensive lineman, earned first-team accolades as a high schooler at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire, in 2005 and is entering his senior season playing offensive tackle for Boston College.[2] He stands 6'8" and weighs 322 pounds.[3] His other nephew, Brian Lapham, was an All-Ivy League Offensive Lineman for the Harvard Crimson and now resides in New York City.[4]


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