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David Boston
No. 89, 80, 11     
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Humble, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1999 for the Arizona Cardinals
Last played in 2006 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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David Byron Boston (born August 19, 1978) is a former professional football wide receiver. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals eighth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

A Pro Bowl selection with the Cardinals in 2001, Boston also played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Early years

Boston was born in Humble, Texas, and played youth football in the Humble Area Football League[1]

College career

After graduating from Humble High School in Humble, Texas, Boston became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes (1996–98). His 191 pass receptions as a Buckeye remain a team record, as do his career average of 5.2 receptions per game and 910 career punt return yards. His 2,855 receiving yards were a school record until surpassed by Michael Jenkins in 2003. With 36 career touchdown receptions (and one two-point conversion), Boston averaged 5.89 points per game.

Boston's best-remembered moment remains his game-winning five-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Joe Germaine with 19 seconds remaining in the 1997 Rose Bowl.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Boston left Ohio State with a year of eligibility remaining, and was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In 2001, Boston had 98 receptions for 1598 yards and eight touchdowns, starting in the Pro Bowl.

San Diego Chargers

Boston signed a seven-year, $47 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) with the San Diego Chargers in 2003. That season he caught 70 passes for 880 yards and seven touchdowns, though coach Marty Schottenheimer suspended him for a game after he cursed out strength coach Dave Redding. Despite his sterling on-field performance, Chargers GM A.J. Smith traded Boston to the Miami Dolphins for a sixth round draft choice, citing his moody personality and lackadaisical practice habits.[2]

Miami Dolphins

Before the 2004 season, he tested positive for steroids and was ordered to serve a four-game suspension. The suspension became academic after he tore ligaments in his knee and was unable to play for the entire season. The Dolphins cut him at the end of the year, then proceeded to re-sign him for the veterans' minimum for 2005. He played in five games that year before tearing knee ligaments again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2006, Boston signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released on September 12, 2007 after being arrested for DUI.

Toronto Argonauts

After spending the 2007 season out of football, Boston signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on April 21, 2008. Boston reported to training camp but his medical report showed a stress fracture in his right foot and recommended surgery. He was placed on the suspended list, never practicing or playing in the pre-season.[3] A second doctor's opinion, however, was that it was a two-year old injury and cleared him to play in the regular season opener on June 27, 2008, when he recorded 2 receptions for a total of 16 yards.[4] Following the game, however, Boston reported feeling too much pain and opted to follow the original doctor's suggestion of surgery requiring a 10 to 12 weeks rehabilitation period.[5] Boston never returned to Toronto and his medical status is unknown.

Personal life

Boston's father, Byron, is an American football official in the NFL. He is not permitted to officiate games in which David is playing[citation needed].

Legal trouble

On August 23, 2007, Boston was arrested in Pinellas Park, Florida and charged with DUI after a failed sobriety test was conducted. Boston was released on his own recognizance. A video of Boston's field sobriety test was released through the local Tampa Bay media. The video depicts Boston asking to contact an attorney and being denied, and on several occasions asking to submit to breath and blood tests in lieu of the standard field tests.[6] Boston's breath test resulted in a reading of 0.00 BAC. On September 10, 2007 it was released to the media that David Boston tested positive for GHB,[7] a recreational drug with questionable ties to bodybuilding. After learning of the drug charges the Buccaneers quickly came to an injury settlement with Boston allowing him to be released. On September 12, 2007, Boston was officially released by Tampa Bay when they decided to sign Mark Jones. On December 1, 2011, Boston was accused of beating a woman after a night of drinking Tuesday night in Boca Raton. Boston allegedly punched the woman twice in the head, leaving a gash big enough to require 10 stitches after the incident in the 21000 block of Cromwell Circle, according to a Boca Raton police[8]


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