Dave Stalls

David Milton Stalls (born September 19, 1955) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Los Angeles Raiders. He played college football at the University of Northern Colorado and also played in the United States Football League for the Denver Gold.

Stalls attended Hamilton Taft High School and did not start playing football until ninth grade, because he used to focus on ice hockey instead.

After not receiving much interest and writing letters to 40 prospective schools, he received a scholarship offer from Division II Northern Colorado University. He was a four-year starter at defensive tackle and received third-team Little All-American honors in 1975.

Stalls was selected in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he was a core special teams player. In 1978, he was used mainly as a pass-rush specialist at left defensive tackle in place of Jethro Pugh or Larry Cole and emerged as a key reserve, registering 4 unofficial sacks (fourth on the team).

In 1979, he unexpectedly started the first 12 games at left defensive tackle (replacing the retired Jethro Pugh) ahead of former first-round draft choice Larry Bethea, until being replaced by Cole, after the Cowboys traded for John Dutton who would play left defensive end. He finished with 51 tackles and 5 unofficial sacks (tied for fourth on the team).

In 1980, Ed "Too Tall" Jones unretired and the Cowboys opened training camp with 8 quality defensive linemen, when they usually kept seven. The team decided to retain Bethea and Bruce Thornton instead, and traded Stalls to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 1981 seventh round pick (#173-Ron Fellows) and a 1982 fourth round pick (#101-Brian Carpenter).

This page was last edited on 1 June 2017, at 23:51 (UTC).
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