|Born:||June 20, 1949|
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
|Career NFL statistics|
David W. Mays III (born June 20, 1949 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 1976. He played college football at Texas Southern.
Mays also played for the Buffalo Bills.
Mays was a Doctor of Dental Surgery, even during his playing days with the Browns. He practiced dentistry for twenty years in Greater Cleveland. He was accused of the 1990 attempted murder of the dentist to whom he had sold his practice, but was acquitted in a 1992 trial. In 1994, he was found guilty of welfare fraud for operating a phony billing scheme.
He is known for filling in for Brian Sipe, who was knocked out of a game on October 10, 1976 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mays started the season as the third-string quarterback and had never played in the NFL regular season before. He led the Browns to an 18-16 victory. Mays began his pro football career in 1974 with the World Football League's Houston Texans and Shreveport Steamer before coming to the NFL.
- Torassa, Ulysses (October 2, 1992). "Dr. Mays Acquitted As Slasher". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio.
- Torassa, Ulysses (April 28, 1994). "Dentist Convicted in Fraud". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio.
After a six-week trial and 3 days of deliberations, a Cuyahoga County jury convicted Mays of 36 charges connected to a phony billing scheme that netted him $2.6 million for dental work he never did.
- Mays to help fans Select-A-Seat
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