David Gilreath
No. 18     Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-11) December 11, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     0
Receiving Yards     0
Touchdowns     0
Punt return yards     8

David Gilreath (born December 11, 1988 in (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football wide receiver who is currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilreath played college football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

High schoolEdit

Gilreath went to high school at Robbinsdale Armstrong in Plymouth, Minnesota after transferring from Minneapolis Washburn in MInneapolis, Minnesota where he played his first 3 years at . He lettered in football four times, baseball twice and track once. As a senior, Gilreath caught 26 passes for 424 yards and four TDs, while rushing 28 times for 504 yards and two TDs, also returned 13 punts for 185 yards and 16 kickoffs for 358 yards and a TD. During his football career, Gilreath totaled 153 receptions for 2,496 yards and 45 touchdowns, along with 1,022 rushing yards. He was rated among the nation's top 75 wide receivers and the number 6 player in Minnesota by In 25 Midwest's Best Detroit Free Press.

College careerEdit


Played in 13 games at wide receiver and in the return game. Set Wisconsin records for kickoff return yards in a season (967) and in a game (189). Led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally with 14.0-yard punt return average (fourth-best season average in UW history). Set UW bowl game records with his season-best 60-yard kickoff return against 16th-ranked Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl. Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after accumulating 148 yards on punt (73) and kickoff (75) returns in a win over The Citadel on September 15 (first Badger true freshman to earn conference player of the week honors since Ron Dayne in 1996). Named First-team Freshman All-American by and Second-team Freshman All-American and first-team Freshman All-Big Ten by The Sporting News.


Played in all 13 games and started nine. Finished the season with 1,747 all-purpose yards which ranked eighth-best all-time at Wisconsin. Finished second on the team with 31 catches for 520 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 134.4 all-purpose yards per game. Named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 168 yards and two scores on eight carries, including a 90-yard TD (second longest run in UW history) at Indiana on November 8. Named second-team All-Big Ten (coaches) and honorable mention Sophomore All-American by


Played in 13 games and started one. Finished second on the team with 984 all-purpose yards. Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two kickoffs for 94 yards against Hawaii on December 5.


Played in 11 games and started seven. Led the team in punt return yards, kickoff returns and kickoff return yards, second in all-purpose yards, third in receiving yards and fourth in receptions and rushing yards. Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after returning opening kickoff 97 yards (tied for fourth-longest in school history) for TD in win over No. 1 ranked Ohio State on October 16; returned four kicks for 163 yards (third-highest single game total in UW history and second-highest average with 40.8 yards per return) and added one punt return for 13 yards and one reception for 18 yards. Was named team's special team MVP. Left school The Big Ten all time leader in kick off return yards (3,025). Only player in Wisconsin history to score a receiving, rushing, punt return, and a kick return touchdown

College StatsEdit

Year Team Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TDs Rush Rush Yds Rush TDs Kick Ret Kick Ret Yds Kick Ret Avg Kick Ret TDs Punt Ret Punt Ret Yds Punt Ret Avg Punt Ret TDs
2007 Wisconsin 1 10 10.0 0 7 15 0 42 967 23.0 0 26 364 14.0 0
2008 Wisconsin 31 520 16.8 3 25 285 2 40 784 19.6 0 18 158 8.8 0
2009 Wisconsin 12 177 14.8 0 19 75 2 26 615 23.7 0 21 117 5.6 1
2010 Wisconsin 23 370 16.1 1 7 67 0 27 659 24.4 1 8 82 10.2 0
College Totals 67 1,077 16.1 4 58 442 4 135 3,025 22.4 1 73 721 9.9 1

NFL careerEdit

Gilreath went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On July 29, 2011, Gilreath was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. [1] On September 3, 2011, Gilreath was cut by the Colts but was re-signed to the practice squad two days later. On October 25, 2011, Gilreath was cut by the Colts.

St. Louis RamsEdit

On November 8, 2011, Gilreath was signed by the St. Louis Rams and placed on the practice squad. [2] On November 29, 2011, Gilreath was cut by the Rams.

Buffalo BillsEdit

On December 27, 2011, Gilreath was signed by the Buffalo Bills and placed on the practice squad. [3]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On January 20, 2012, Gilreath was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. [4] In a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 19, 2012, Gilreath caught 4 passes for 78 yards and was named Steelers Digest Player of the Week. [5] On September 1st 2012, Gilreath was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Squad. He was promoted to the active roster on November 12, 2012.[6] On November 26, Gilreath was waived.[7]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On November 27, 2012, the Buccaneers claimed Gilreath off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers and was signed off to the active roster of Tampa Bay.

Return to SteelersEdit

Gilreath was signed back to the Steelers practice squad on December 12, 2012. He was promoted to the active roster on December 28th, 2012.


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