Dave Waymer

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Dave Waymer
No. 43, 44
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-07-01)July 1, 1958
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Date of death: April 30, 1993(1993-04-30) (aged 34)
Place of death: Mooresville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA champion (1977)
  • Pro Bowl selection (1987)
Career NFL statistics as of 1992
Interceptions: 48
Interception return yards: 536
Fumbles recovered: 18
Stats at NFL.com

David Benjamin Waymer, Jr. (July 1, 1958 – April 30, 1993) was an American football safety in the NFL.

Waymer graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1976. He played college football at Notre Dame, graduating in 1980, and was drafted in the 1980 NFL Draft in the second round by the New Orleans Saints, where he played until 1989. He was offered a contract by the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, but opted to remain in New Orleans, saying, "I always wanted to play there. I've got a lot of friends there, and that is where, hopefully, I'll finish out my career."[1] He played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 and 1991 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992.

Waymer married his long-time girlfriend, Sally Hampton, on June 29, 1981. They divorced in 1986. Hampton, a writer and producer currently residing in Los Angeles, dedicated the ABC/Wonderful World of Disney movie A Saintly Switch to his memory in 1999. Waymer remarried in 1989 and had one son, David Benjamin Waymer III, born in 1992.

During the 1993 offseason, Waymer died on April 30, 1993, at the age of 34, from a heart attack induced by cocaine use.[2][3][4]


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