American Football Database
American Football Database
Mike Dowdle
No. 30, 53     
Linebacker / Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-12-06)December 6, 1937
Place of birth: Eliasville, Texas
Date of death: December 5, 1993(1993-12-05) (aged 55)
Place of death: Harris County, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 15 / Pick: 179
(By the San Francisco 49ers)
AFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 2
Pick: First Selections
(by the Denver Broncos) / Pick: {{{afldraftpick}}}
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 1960)*
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-SWC (1959)
Games played - started     81 - 43
Interceptions     6
Fumble recoveries     4
Stats at
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David James Parker (December 6, 1937 – December 5, 1993) was an American football fullback and linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of Texas.

Early years

Dowdle attended Graham High School,[1] where he practiced football and track.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Texas, becoming a starter at fullback and the team's leader in rushing yards (429 yards) as a sophomore. He was a two-way player and was also a starting linebacker. As a senior, he was moved to halfback.[2]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers (first stint)

Dowdle was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifteenth round (179th overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft. He was tried at fullback and eventually waived on September 13.

Dallas Cowboys

In 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and was used for returning kickoffs. In 1962, he was switched to linebacker and became the starter at outside linebacker for the last 6 games of the season. The next year, he started 14 games at strongside linebacker.

On April 30, 1963, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for defensive back Jim Ridlon.[3] He was replaced in the starting lineup with Dave Edwards.

San Francisco 49ers (second stint)

Dowdle was the San Francisco 49ers' starting middle linebacker for three seasons, until 1966 when he was passed on the depth chart by Ed Beard.

On May 18, 1967, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a draft choice (not exercised),[4] but he refused to report to the team.[5]


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