Dave Widell

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Dave Widell
No. 78,79
Center, Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-05-14) May 14, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Hartford, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: South Catholic High School
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 4 / Pick: 94
Debuted in 1988 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1998 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

David Harold Widell, Jr. (born May 14, 1965 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former American football guard and tackle who played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Atlanta Falcons. He was a part of the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl XXXIII losing team. Widell played college football at Boston College and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Widell originally played the trombone in his High School band. In football he didn't start at until his junior year. He also was the center for the basketball team.

He accepted a scholarship to play at Boston College, where he was a three-year starter and played multiple positions along the offensive line, before settling in at right tackle. He also was the team's long snapper in special teams. In 2003, he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Widell was drafted in the 4th round (94th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He started 8 games at left tackle and became the first rookie in franchise history to start a season opener at offensive tackle. In his second year he started in 2 games.[2]

On August 24, 1990, he was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a seventh round selection in 1991 (used to draft Leon Lett) and an eighth round selection in 1992.

Denver Broncos[edit]

With the Denver Broncos, he joined his brother Doug Widell (who was also his teammate at Boston College), becoming the first brothers in the NFL's modern era to play together on the same offensive line. He played at guard, tackle and center.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On March 15, 1995, he signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was named the franchise's first starting center.[3]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 1998.[4] He was released on February 17, 1999, after being inactive in 14 games and having played in only one.[5]


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