|No. 51 (Michigan), 61 (Patriots)|
|Date of birth:||February 8, 1975|
|Place of birth:||Aliquippa, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|High school:||Baldwin (PA)|
|NFL Draft:||1997 / Round: 4 / Pick: 97|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Damon Michael Denson (born February 8, 1975) is a former American football player. He played college football as a defensive tackle and offensive guard for the University of Michigan from 1993 to 1996. He played professional football as an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999.
Denson was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, in 1975. A few years after his birth, his parents moved from Aliquippa to Baldwin, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He attended Baldwin High School. Denson became only the second player in Baldwin High School history to start on the varsity football team as a true freshman. During his junior year, the Fighting Highlanders beat North Hills High School to win their first playoff game in over three decades. During his senior year, Denson was selected as a USA Today High School All-American and chosen to play in the prestigious Big 33 Pennsylvania Football High School All Star Game.
University of Michigan
Denson enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1993 and played college football for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1993 to 1996. He started his career as a defensive tackle, starting four games at that position as a true freshman in 1993 and one game in 1994.
As a junior, Denson was converted to an offensive guard. He started one game at the position in 1995 and all 12 games in 1996. Along with Jon Runyan, Jon Jansen and Rod Payne, Denson helped Tim Biakabutuka rush for 1,818 yards, still Michigan's single-season rushing record, in 1995. Denson was named a first-team guard on the 1996 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
Denson was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (97th overall pick) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played for the Patriots under coach Pete Carroll from 1997 to 1999. He appeared in 16 games for the Patriots in 1998, four of them as a starter at offensive guard.
For Thanksgiving 2015 Denson and his family were featured in a NFL Football Dads Football Is Family commercial where he discusses how the game of football has brought his family closer together and what it means to share the sport with his children.
Faith and Personal Life
Denson was converted to Christianity during his freshman year at Michigan. He joined a local church where he was ordained as a minister and began teaching bible study on campus. After being drafted by the New England Patriots, he continued to minister as an evangelist at a local Boston church. He has worked as a minister in churches and prisons as well as performing chaplain duties for professional sports teams and speaking at the prestigious NFL sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
Denson started his own ministry with the mission of empowering people to reach their full potential through spiritual and practical guidance.
Denson and his wife, Camille, have two children.
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