Steve DeOssie
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Personal information
Born: (1962-11-22) November 22, 1962 (age 57)
Tacoma, Washington
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Boston (MA) Don Bosco Tech
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
*Dallas Cowboys ( 1984 1988)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-American (1983)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:175
Games started:32
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Steven Leonard DeOssie (born November 22, 1962) is a former American football linebacker and long snapper in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New York Jets and New England Patriots. He played college football at Boston College.

Early yearsEdit

DeOssie attended the now defunct Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston, Massachusetts, playing for head coach Bob Currier. He also played catcher in baseball. He received All-state honors in football, baseball and basketball.

He accepted a football scholarship to play at Boston College where he was a four-year starter at middle linebacker and the team's long snapper. Early in his career he was used at fullback in short-yardage situations.

As a junior, he had a career-high 135 tackles, while helping the Eagles reach its first bowl game in 41 years (Tangerine Bowl). As a senior, he had 111 tackles, even though he was slowed by a separated shoulder.

He earned All-East honors in his last two seasons, was a tri-captain, led the team in tackles in his last 3 years and finished with a school record with 447 career tackles.[1] In 1997, he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

DeOssie was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft, after dropping because he was selected by Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals in the first round (15th overall) of the 1984 USFL Draft.[3] As a rookie, besides being the long snapper on punts, he was the backup linebacker behind rookie Eugene Lockhart. He was nicknamed "Barney Rubble" by his teammates. A couple years later they nicknamed him Beach ball because of the many shades of color his face would turn in the sun.

His contributions came mainly on special teams as the unit long snapper and covering kickoffs. He also played in the short yardage and goal-line defenses. In 1988, he finished third on the team in special teams tackles (20) and made his first two starts, when he was used at outside linebacker.

As described by head coach Bill Belichick in an August 30, 2011 press conference, DeOssie's ability to snap the ball and block in the same play was exploited by the Cowboys to spread the punt formations and use less blockers, revolutionizing the punt game.[4]

In June 1989, he clashed with the new coaching staff that was brought by Jimmy Johnson,[5] and was traded to the New York Giants in exchange for their sixth round draft choice (#163-Derrick Walker) in the 1990 NFL Draft. He is considered to be one of the best special teams players in Cowboys history.

New York GiantsEdit

In 1989, DeOssie became one of the starting inside linebackers in the team's 3-4 defense, playing mainly as a run defender. After the third game of the season against the Phoenix Cardinals, he suffered a left toe injury that required surgery and caused him to miss seven games, returning until November 15.[6]

In 1990, he started 13 games and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XXV. On December 6, 1992, he was placed on the injured reserve list. On November 10, 1993, new head coach Dan Reeves waived him from the team.[7]

New York JetsEdit

On November 15, 1993, he was signed by the New York Jets to help on special teams.[8]

New England PatriotsEdit

In 1994, he signed with the New England Patriots reuniting with his former head coach Bill Parcells. He played two seasons before being waived on August 25, 1996.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

DeOssie hosts The New England Tailgate Show, which airs on NBC Sports Boston. He also works as the Patriots and NFL analyst for 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and WHDH TV.

Along with friend and colleague Fred Smerlas, he opened the award-winning Fred & Steve's Steakhouse at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island in March 2007. DeOssie is a partner in the Blackstone's Cigar Bar also at the Twin River Casino.[10]

DeOssie's son, Zak, plays long snapper in the NFL for the New York Giants. The DeOssies are the only father-son combination to win Super Bowls with the same team.[11]


  1. "Fralic Leads All-East Team".,2287117. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. "Cowboys trade DeOssie".,6375169. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. "Generals Pick DeOssie". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. "Bill Belichick Press Conference Transcript". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. "DeOssie Has Motivation For Giants".,3395255. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. "DeOssie Is Anxious To Return to Lineup". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. "2 Roster Cuts Send A Message To Giants". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. "Transactions".,3654516. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. "What the cuts mean".,3064915. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  10. Bill Doyle (2007-01-18). "DeOssie likes Pats Sunday". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  11. "Steve DeOssie shows pride for his son and former team". 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-02-09.

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