Dave Albright
Born:(1960-01-25)January 25, 1960
Oakland, California
Died:January 26, 2023(2023-01-26) (aged 63)
Career information
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeSan Jose State
High schoolMarina HS
Career history
As player
1985Memphis Showboats
19861991Saskatchewan Roughriders

David J. Albright (January 25, 1960 – January 26, 2023) was an American gridiron football linebacker who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He played high school football for Marina High School and college football at Chabot College. He later transferred to San Jose State University and played for the Spartans. From 1986 to 1991, Albright recorded 377 tackles and 12 sacks with the Roughriders over 76 games.[1]

Professional career

In 1985, Albright played with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League (USFL) and helped them reach the semifinals.[1] When the USFL folded the following year, the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Albright.[2] He played in eight regular season games as a rookie in the CFL, but he made no tackles.[1] In 1987, Albright broke out with 118 tackles and two sacks,[1] setting the record for most defensive tackles in a season.[3] Albright continued to play a major role the following season with 92 tackles and five sacks.[1]

Albright's 1989 season was hampered by injuries. In July, he pulled his leg muscles.[4] He broke his left hand later in the season, but continued playing in a cast until he also broke his right arm. Albright's arm required surgery and he missed six games. While recovering, Albright also had knee surgery to remove damaged cartilage that had bothered him since the first game of the season.[5] He returned in time for the playoffs and contributed to the Roughriders' championship run. In the West semifinal, Albright intercepted Calgary Stampeders quarterback Danny Barrett.[6] He also recovered a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown the West finals and was credited by Toronto Star reporter Paul Hunter with "turn[ing] the momentum" against the Edmonton Eskimos in the 32–21 upset.[6] The Roughriders went on to win the 77th Grey Cup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43–40.[7] Albright ended the regular season with 79 tackles.[1]

In the 1990 season, Albright again missed substantial time due to injury after requiring foot surgery.[8] He ended the season with 44 tackles after playing in eleven regular season games. Albright made 44 tackles and one sack across nine games in 1991 before retiring.[1]

Albright died of a heart attack on January 26, 2023, the day after his 63rd birthday.[9]

Season statistics

Year[1] Team GP Tkls Sacks FR INT
1986 SAS 8 0 2 2 0
1987 SAS 18 118 2 2 0
1988 SAS 18 92 5 2 1
1989 SAS 12 79 1 2 0
1990 SAS 11 44 0 0 0
1991 SAS 9 44 2 0 0
Total 76 377 12 8 1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 141. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  2. ^ Davidson, James (September 18, 1986). "Argos use trade route to replace linebacker". The Globe and Mail. p. E1.
  3. ^ "Regular Season Individual Records" (PDF). CFL.ca. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Kennedy, Brian (July 18, 1989). "Lions hope to stand Roughies on their ear". Globe and Mail. p. CP.
  5. ^ Hunter, Paul (November 24, 1989). "Rebuilt 'Rider feels 'real good' Injuries made it season of pain for linebacker Dave Albright". Toronto Star. p. D4.
  6. ^ a b Strachan, Al (November 13, 1989). "Walling surprise stumps Stamps". Globe and Mail. p. GAM.
  7. ^ Vanstone, Rob (November 23, 2013). "Saskatchewan always wins the hard way; Underdogs overcome the odds". Leader-Post. p. I17.
  8. ^ Matsumoto, Rick (August 7, 1990). "Tiger-Cats need to beat Riders to boost flagging attendance". Toronto Star. p. D4.
  9. ^ Former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Dave Albright dies at 63