David Boston
No. 89, 80, 11
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 44)
Humble, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Humble (TX)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4,699
Receiving touchdowns:25
Player stats at NFL.com

David Byron Boston (born August 19, 1978) is a former professional football wide receiver[1] He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals eighth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. During David Boston's college years he played football at Ohio State. Boston also played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Boston became a Pro Bowl selection with the Cardinals in 2001. The final years of Boston's career and his immediate post-football life was plagued by several arrests and other legal issues.

Early years

Boston was born in Humble, Texas, and played youth football in the Humble Area Football League.[2]

College career

After graduating from Humble High School in Humble, Texas, Boston became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes (1996–98). He set several Ohio State receiving records during that time. His 191 pass receptions as a Buckeye was a record and is now the second most in school history (K.J. Hill, 2019). His 2,855 career receiving yards and 1,435 single-season receiving yards were school records until surpassed by Michael Jenkins in 2003 and Jaxon Smith-Njigba in 2021 respectively. With 34 career touchdown receptions (and one two-point conversion), Boston averaged 5.89 points per game. Additionally, he held the school touchdown reception record until Chris Olave surpassed it in 2021.

Boston's best-remembered moment remains his game-winning five-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Joe Germaine with 19 seconds remaining in the 1997 Rose Bowl.

College statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1996 Ohio State 12 33 450 7
1997 Ohio State 13 73 970 14
1998 Ohio State 12 85 1,435 13
College Totals 37 191 2,855 34


Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
4.47 s 1.56 s 2.52 s 4.09 s 7.20 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Arizona Cardinals

Boston left Ohio State with a year of eligibility remaining, and was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In 2001, Boston had 98 receptions for 1598 yards and eight touchdowns, starting in the Pro Bowl.

San Diego Chargers

Boston signed a seven-year, $47 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) with the San Diego Chargers in 2003. That season, he caught 70 passes for 880 yards and seven touchdowns, though head coach Marty Schottenheimer suspended him for a game after he cursed out strength coach Dave Redding. Despite his adequate on-field performance, Chargers GM A.J. Smith traded Boston to the Miami Dolphins for a sixth round draft choice, citing his moody personality and lackadaisical practice habits.[5]

Miami Dolphins

Before the 2004 season, Boston tested positive for steroids and was ordered to serve a four-game suspension. The suspension became moot after he tore ligaments in his knee and was unable to play for the entire season. The Dolphins cut him at the end of the year, then proceeded to re-sign him for the veterans' minimum in 2005. He played in five games that year before tearing knee ligaments again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2006, Boston signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released by the team on September 12, 2007 after being arrested for DUI.

Toronto Argonauts

After spending the 2007 season out of football, Boston signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on April 21, 2008. Boston reported to training camp but his medical report showed a stress fracture in his right foot and recommended surgery. He was placed on the suspended list, never practicing or playing in the pre-season.[6] A second doctor's opinion, however, was that it was a two-year-old injury and cleared him to play in the regular season opener on June 27, 2008, when he recorded two receptions for a total of 16 yards.[7] Following the game, however, Boston reported feeling too much pain and opted to follow the original doctor's suggestion of surgery requiring a 10 to 12 weeks rehabilitation period.[8] He never played another down of pro football.

NFL statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
1999 ARI 16 40 473 11.8 43 2 21 1 0
2000 ARI 16 71 1,156 16.3 70 7 48 1 0
2001 ARI 16 98 1,598 16.3 61 8 72 1 1
2002 ARI 8 32 512 16.0 34 1 28 0 0
2003 SD 14 70 880 12.6 46 7 42 2 2
2005 MIA 5 4 80 20.0 54 0 2 0 0
Total[9] 75 315 4,699 14.9 70 25 213 5 3

Personal life

Boston's father, Byron, is an American football official in the NFL. He was not permitted to officiate regular season games in which David was playing. Byron worked as a line judge for one of his son's preseason games, between the Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers on August 14, 1999.

On March 27, 2000, David Boston and Na'il Diggs were traveling northbound in a Hummer on I-71 in Columbus, Ohio. A Ford Escort driven by Danielle Carfagna was traveling the wrong way on the interstate and collided with the Hummer. Boston and Diggs were injured, and Carfagna was killed in the accident.[10] Boston suffered lingering nerve damage from the accident.[11] Police were not able to determine why the woman was driving the wrong way.[12]

On March 13, 2002, Boston was accused of driving under the influence of cocaine and marijuana after testing positive for those drugs. He was arrested at his home after two people called 911. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanors, suspended sentence.[13]

On October 19, 2004, Boston was accused of punching an airline ticket agent who wouldn't let him board a plane at an airport in Burlington, Vermont. He pleaded no contest, was fined $500 and paid $211 in restitution.[11][13]

On August 23, 2007, Boston was arrested in Pinellas Park, Florida and charged with DUI after a failed sobriety test was conducted. Boston was released on his own recognizance.[14] Boston's breath test resulted in a reading of 0.00 BAC. On September 10, 2007 it was released to the media that David Boston tested positive for GHB,[15] a recreational drug with questionable ties to bodybuilding. After learning of the drug charges the Buccaneers quickly came to an injury settlement with Boston allowing him to be released. On September 12, 2007, Boston was officially released by Tampa Bay when they decided to sign Mark Jones.

On December 1, 2011, Boston was accused of beating a woman after a night of drinking in Boca Raton. Boston allegedly punched the woman twice in the head, leaving a gash requiring 10 stitches, according to a Boca Raton police report.[16] Boston pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated battery and received a six-month prison sentence. Judge Charles Burton said that he was extending leniency to Boston, turning down the prosecution's request for a term of four years, because of medical evidence that the defendant had incurred permanent brain injuries from the four concussions he sustained during his playing days.[17]


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  2. ^ HAFL
  3. ^ "David Boston College Stats | College Football at Sports-Reference.com". Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "David Boston Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com.
  5. ^ Clayton, John (March 16, 2004). "San Diego to get pick, player to be named". ESPN Magazine. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Argos' Boston to have surgery, out 10-12 weeks". TSN.ca. June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  7. ^ "CFL Live Game Day". Canadian Football League. June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  8. ^ Zelkovich, Chris (June 30, 2008). "Boston needs foot surgery after all". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  9. ^ "David Boston Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Mark (March 27, 2000). "Cardinals' Boston Safe In Fatal Crash". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Friend, Tom (September 1, 2003). "Wide Load". ESPN Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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  13. ^ a b Schrotenboer, Brent. "NFL Player Arrests - Arrest Database". USA Today. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "TBO.com. Tampa Bay video news". Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved August 26, 2007.
  15. ^ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pewter Report :: Index
  16. ^ "Ex-Miami Dolphins receiver David Boston charged with punching woman in Boca Raton". The Palm Beach Post. December 1, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ Freeman, Marc (December 12, 2012). "Ex-Dolphins WR sentenced on battery charge". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved June 29, 2019.