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Dave Hampton
No. 25, 43
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1947-05-07) May 7, 1947 (age 77)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Ann Arbor (MI)
NFL draft:1969 / Round: 9 / Pick: 220
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:4,536
Player stats at · PFR

David Hampton (born May 7, 1947) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles.

College career

Hampton was part of a star-studded backfield which helped Wyoming post a 10–0 regular season record in 1967 and a number six national ranking. They played LSU in the Sugar Bowl and led after the first half, but lost 20–13. Other future pros in Wyoming's backfield that season included senior Jim Kiick, who was part of two Super Bowl championship teams with the Miami Dolphins, and Vic Washington, who helped the San Francisco 49ers win three consecutive NFC West division titles (1970-72).

Professional career

Hampton was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the ninth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL Draft in late January,[1][2] in what turned out to be general manager Vince Lombardi's last official function with the club before becoming coach and general manager of the Washington Redskins the next week.[3] Hampton was expected to fill the shoes of retired legends Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung, but in three years with Green Bay, he, along with the rest of the Packers' aging offense, struggled.

His best success came with the Atlanta Falcons, where he was traded prior to the 1972 season. In his first year with the team, Hampton surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing yard mark during the Falcons' final game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. As part of a planned celebration for the Falcons' first 1,000-yard rushing season, the game was paused as Hampton was presented with a trophy and the game ball for his accomplishment. However, he was tackled for a six-yard loss on the following play and ended the season with 995 yards. In 1973, he had another chance to get a 1,000-yard rushing season, but he ended up three yards shy.[4] After missing most of the 1974 season due to injury, he rushed for 1,002 yards in 1975 and received the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Hampton was traded from the Falcons to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 1978 tenth-round pick (257th overall–Ricky Patton) and cash on October 5, 1976.[5] He had lost playing time to rookies Bubba Bean and Sonny Collins, but was going to a team needing running backs due to injuries.[6]


  1. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (January 29, 1969). "Packers draft to fill gaps". Milwaukee Journal. p. 13. Archived from the original on May 10, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pro football draft selections". Milwaukee Journal. January 30, 1969. p. 14. Archived from the original on May 12, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Johnson, Chuck (February 5, 1969). "Packer players remember Lombardi for heavy hand". Milwaukee Journal. p. 15, part 2. Archived from the original on May 10, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Outlar, Jesse (December 18, 1973). "The Scores Are Posted". The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Retrieved December 16, 2020 – via
  5. ^ 1978 NFL Draft Pick Transactions, May 2 (Rounds 1–6) & 3 (Rounds 7–12) – Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved November 24, 2020
  6. ^ McGowen, Deane. "People in Sports," The New York Times, Wednesday, October 6, 1976. Retrieved November 24, 2020