Dave Sherer
No. 86     
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-02-14) February 14, 1937 (age 83)
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 NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Baltimore Colts[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

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