Dave Schnell
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Personal information
Date of birth: July 15, 1966
Place of birth: Elkhart, Indiana
Date of death: May 22, 2011 (age 44)
Place of death: Elkhart, Indiana
Career information
College: Indiana
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Big Ten Conference (1988)

David "Dave" Schnell (July 15, 1966 - May 22, 2011) was an American football player. He attended Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana, and he was selected by Sports Illustrated in 1985 as the best high school football player in the United States. He then played college football at the quarterback position for the Indiana University Hoosiers football team. He led the 1987 Indiana Hoosiers football team to victories over both Michigan and Ohio State, becoming the only Indiana quarterback to record victories against both teams in the same year.[1] The following year, he was selected by the conference coaches as the second-team quarterback on the 1988 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[2] Schnell was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007 and died from the disease in May 2011 at age 44.[1][3] He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in May 2010.[4]

He is survived by three sons and a daughter: Samuel, Spencer, Vincent and Brook. His mother Margaret (Peg) Everingham, his brother Doug (Jackie) Schnell, his half-brothers Tim and Jerry O'Neill, and his half-sister Kathleen (O'Neill) Bollero also remain.

Now, each year in August, there is a golf-outing held at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart, Indiana in his honor to raise money for the David E. Schnell Scholarship fund. This scholarship fund serves to provide local high school seniors with a scholarship if they are to continue to play football in college.


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