David Lang (American football)
|Date of birth:March 28, 1967|
|Place of birth: Loma Linda, California|
|Date of death: May 21, 2005(aged 38)|
|Place of death: Stone Mountain, Georgia|
|High school: Eisenhower (CA)|
|College: Northern Arizona|
|NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 12 / Pick: 328|
|Debuted in 1991 for the Los Angeles Rams|
|Last played in 1995 for the Dallas Cowboys|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
As a senior in 1989, he became the first player in school history to have a game with 100 yards rushing and receiving, rushing for 189 yards and registering five catches for 112 yards against the University of Nevada, on November 18. That season he was the team's leading rusher (521 yards) and receiver (447).
He also was a sprinter on the track and field team.
Los Angeles Rams
Lang was drafted in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, after dropping because he had to miss training camp while serving a 120-day prison sentence for receiving stolen property. His speed and versatility eventually allowed him to earn a roster spot playing special teams.
In 1992, although he had never played the position before entering the NFL, he was named the starting fullback in the sixth game of the season, finishing with career-highs in rushing (203 yards on 33 carries), receiving (18 passes for 283 yards) and touchdowns (6). He also had a 71-yard run and a 67-yard reception.
On April 27, 1995, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent. That season he was named the special teams captain and set the franchise single-season record for special teams tackles with 30, until it was broken the next year by Jim Schwantz (32). The Cowboys started keeping the stat in 1990.
He was part of the Super Bowl XXX winning team and retired at the end of the season.
- Wait Was Worth It for Running Back Lang : Rams: Twelfth-round draft choice
- RAMS : Lang's Versatility Gains Attention