- Inducted in 2011
Born October 22, 1974, David attended Kathleen Rowe Public School in Whitby. At age 6 he started playing minor sports; first in baseball and then hockey.
In 1988 David was presented with the Boy’s Athletic Award as he graduated from Kathleen Rowe. At Henry Street High School, David played a number of sports, basketball, volleyball and rugby in Grade 9, basketball, volleyball, shot-put and rugby in Grade 10, basketball, rugby, badminton and football for the first time in grade 11.
That same year, David was chosen as a starter for the Canadian National Under 17 Rugby Team. In Grade 12 the Hawks football team became the LOSSA Football champions. In 1993 not only did David give the valedictorian address in his graduating year but he also signed a letter of intent to accept a football scholarship at Michigan State University. At MSU, David was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 1994, 95, 96 and 97.
He was also named to the Dean’s Honour List in 1996. During his time at MSU the football team appeared in the Liberty, Sun, Independence and Aloha Bowls. David was selected to play in the NCAA all-star Hula Bowl. He was also the recipient of the Potsy Ross Award as Michigan State Football’s top scholar athlete, the Jim Adams ‘unsung hero” Award and the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Services Award for his involvement in campus and community activities. In 1997, David was a 3rd round pick of the Toronto Argonauts but signed instead as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills. After spending 1998 on the Bills’ practice squad and being assigned to the Amsterdam Admirals for development, David was released by the Bills following training camp in 1999. In September of 1999, David signed with the Argonauts but was then traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prior to the 2000 season.
In Winnipeg, David was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2001, and a Division All-Star and a CFL All-Star in 2001 and 2002. Traded to the Montreal Alouettes late in the 2005 season, David’s illustrious CFL career came to an end following the 2008 season. His teams appeared in four Grey Cups and he sustained injuries requiring 11 operations over his career.
Since retiring from football, David has graduated with an MBA in Finance from McGill University and works as an Investment Advisor for BMO Nesbitt Burns.