Dave Szott
No. 79
Personal information
Born: (1967-12-12) December 12, 1967 (age 54)
Passaic, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:289 lb (131 kg)
Career information
High school:Clifton (NJ)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 7 / Pick: 180
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:177
Games Started:171
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

David Andrew Szott (born December 12, 1967) is a former professional American football offensive lineman.

Szott played 14 years in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Jets, before retiring from football in February 2004. He remained with the Jets as an offensive line coach and in player development.[1] Szott became the team's chaplain in 2006.[citation needed]

Szott played college football at Penn State for legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

Szott grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, and was a standout player at Clifton High School in New Jersey.[2] He was also a standout high school wrestler in New Jersey placing fourth in the heavyweight division of the 1986 USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Tournament. Szott was undefeated until the round robin portion where he was pinned by eventual champion John Matyiko of Virginia. Szott then was pinned by Carl Presley of Illinois in the semi-finals and settled for fourth place while losing by fall to Jon Morris of Virginia.

Personal life

Szott and his wife, Andrea, have two children, the older, Shane, suffers from cerebral palsy. He is a tireless fundraiser for charitable causes related to the disorder. Josh, the youngest is 20 years old and plays wide receiver for Colgate University.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". www.kffl.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ DeMarrais, Kevin C. "Leaving the spotlight for new, quieter careers", The Record (Bergen County), April 29, 2007. Accessed October 16, 2007. "Who: Dave Szott, 39. Then: Clifton High School and Penn State offensive-line star lasted 14 years in the NFL despite being a seventh-round pick by Kansas City Chiefs."
  3. ^ "Joshua Szott - Football". Colgate University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-09-12.