Dave Pear
No. 65, 74, 76
Position:Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1953-06-01) June 1, 1953 (age 69)
Vancouver, Washington, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Benson Polytechnic
(Portland, Oregon)
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:79
Games Started:62
Fumbles Recovered:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

David Louis Pear (born June 1, 1953 in Vancouver, Washington) is a retired NFL football player. A defensive lineman, he was the first Tampa Bay Buccaneers player to be selected to the Pro Bowl and played in Super Bowl XV for the winning Oakland Raiders.

Pear played college football at the University of Washington in Seattle under longtime head coach Jim Owens. He was selected in the third round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, the 56th overall pick.

Through his football career, Pear suffered a number of injuries which required spinal surgery and hip replacement and have resulted in vertigo, memory loss,[1] and speech impairment.[2]

He has also been quoted saying, "Don't let your kids play football. Never."[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Pearlman, Jeff (December 18, 2009). "Former NFL star Dave Pear is sorry he ever played football". SI.com. (Pearls of Wisdom). Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Eskenazi, Stuart (February 3, 2008). "On a collision course with the NFL, Dave Pear is playing to win". Seattle Times. (Pacific Northwest magazine). Retrieved August 20, 2019.