David Diehl

NFL Analyst

Former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl occupies the NFL on FOX broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman and sideline reporter Laura Okmin.

OVERVIEW

Former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl occupies the NFL on FOX broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman and sideline reporter Laura Okmin.

PLAYING CAREER

Upon being drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Diehl immediately became a full-time starter in his rookie season, playing in all 16 games – the first Giants rookie to do so since Mark Bavaro in 1985. Diehl was a vital part of the Giants’ two Super Bowl winning teams (2008 and 2012). Earning a Pro Bowl appearance in 2009, Diehl started in 156 career games, playing at left tackle, left guard, and right tackle throughout his career. On January 24, 2014, he announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL.

IN COLLEGE

Diehl attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team. He became a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection and a recipient of the Wright Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the Illinois player who has dedicated himself to academic excellence. Diehl started every game at left guard during his senior season, registering 91 knockdowns for an offense that featured its first 1,000-yard rusher (Antonio Harris) and 1,000-yard receiver (Brandon Lloyd) in the same season since 1984.

PERSONAL

Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 15, 1980…He is of Croatian descent on his mother’s side, and of German descent on his father’s side…Has “neuništiv”, the Croatian word for indestructible, tattooed on his left arm…Attended Brother Rice High School in Chicago, where he starred for the football, wrestling, and track teams…He played at the University of Illinois, and is a fan of the university’s former halftime performer, Chief Illiniwek…During player introductions on TV, he would state his school as “University of Chief Illiniwek”…Has an image of Chief Illiniwek tattooed on his arm…He visited Croatia in June and July 2011, in search for his roots…Received the Wellington Mara NFL Man of the Year Award on May 22, 2012 at the annual Boys Hope Girls Hope Dinner.

David Diehl Bio (249 kB, last updated December 2016)