American Football Database
Dave Sherer
No. 86     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-02-14) February 14, 1937 (age 84)
Place of birth: Galion, Ohio
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
NM Military Institute
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 2 / Pick: 24
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Baltimore Colts ( 1959)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL Champion (1959)
Games played     23
Stats at
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David McDonald Sherer, Jr. (born February 14, 1937 in Galion, Ohio) is a former American football End in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.

Early years

Sherer attended Carlsbad High school, where he practiced football and basketball. He contributed to his school winning two state basketball championships. In football, he played as a running back.

He accepted a scholarship from the New Mexico Military Institute and transferred to Southern Methodist University after his sophomore year.

As a junior, he was the nation's top punter with an average of 50.1 yards (a school record) on 36 punts. His long was an 81-yard punt. As a senior, he was limited with injuries.

In 1999, he was ranked 47th on the Sports Illustrated list of New Mexico's 50 greatest athletes.[1]

Professional career

Baltimore Colts

Sherer was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the second round (24th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. He was the starter at punter as a rookie, registering 51 punts for 2,132 yards (41.8-yard average), with a long of 60 yards and contributed to winning the NFL championship.

Dallas Cowboys

Sherer was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft,[2] becoming the first starting punter in franchise history. In the inaugural season, he posted 57 punts for 2,420 (42.5-yard average) with a long of 67 yards. He missed the final game of the season, after been called to active-duty training with the Texas Air National Guard.

He was released on September 16, 1961, to make room for the offensive end Ola Lee Murchinson.[3]