David LaFleur

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David LaFleur
No. 89
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-01-29) January 29, 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school: Westlake (LA)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 85
Receiving yards: 729
Touchdowns: 12
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

David Alan LaFleur (born January 29, 1974) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Louisiana State University.

Early years[edit]

Lafleur attended Westlake High School in Louisiana, where he played tight end and defensive end. As a tight end, in 1991 he was named the Louisiana High School player of the year, All-American, and was part of the USA Today All-USA high school football team.

College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University, where he concentrated on playing tight end. His blocking was so impressive,[1] that as a sophomore after having only 21 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns, he was still voted All-SEC.

As a senior in 1996, he led his team in receiving with 30 catches for 439 yards and 3 touchdowns. At the end of the season he was named All-American, All-SEC, LSU offensive MVP and played in the Senior Bowl. He finished his career with 71 receptions for 881 yards and five touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

After the team's offense suffered because of a lack of production at tight end,[2] the Dallas Cowboys were determined to solve that situation in the 1997 NFL Draft, even going as far as soliciting quarterback's Troy Aikman input in private workouts of the two top ranked players at the position: Tony Gonzalez and LaFleur, that were reported by the Sports Illustrated magazine.[3] It was eventually published in the media that both the Cowboys and Aikman, had LaFleur rated ahead of Gonzalez, because they considered him to possess a rare combination of skills.[4]

The Cowboys traded up with the Philadelphia Eagles moving from the 25th to the 22nd position, in exchange for a third (#70-Brian Alford) and a fifth round (#155-Luther Broughton) draft choices, to select LaFleur in the first round.[5] In his rookie year he mostly blocked for the team (recording five pancake blocks in one game), but his receiving production was disappointing (18 receptions for 122 yards, 6.8 yards average and two touchdowns).

In 1999 he had the best season of his short career, registering 35 receptions for 322 yards, while leading the NFC tight ends and his team with his seven touchdowns. LaFleur had back problems dating back to his college years and it started to affect his play in the 2000 season,[6] eventually forcing the team to waive him injured on August 22, 2001, when he couldn't pass a physical exam.[7]

He finished his career with 85 receptions for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1997 DAL 16 18 122 6.8 17 2 5 1 0
1998 DAL 13 20 176 8.8 24 2 11 1 0
1999 DAL 16 35 322 9.2 25 7 17 0 0
2000 DAL 15 12 109 9.1 19 1 7 0 0
Career 60 85 729 8.6 25 12 40 2 0

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "LaFleur Takes Pride In Blocking". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lafleur Gets Opportunity To Show Off Other Talents". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Best Foot Forward By Re-Signing Solid Citizen Daryl Johnston, The Cowboys Took a Step Toward Restoring Class To Their Organization". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys trade up, draft LaFleur in first round". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Eagles have done well in most trades with division rivals". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Catching Up With David LaFleur". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Around the League". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "David LaFleur Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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