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Dave Tollefson
No. 71     New York Giants
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: July 10, 1982 (1982-07-10) (age 27)
Place of birth: Walnut Creek, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Northwest Missouri State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-MIAA (2004)
  • First-team All-MIAA (2005)
  • Small College All-America (2005)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     23
Sacks     3.5
INTs     0
Stats at

Dave Tollefson (born May 19, 1981, in Walnut Creek, California) is an American football defensive end for the New York Giants in the National Football League. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round, with the 253rd pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Tollefson has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders.


High school

Attended Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, playing football for head coach Tim Murphy. He wasa two-time All-League and All-City selection as a linebacker. He also played Tight End. Tollefson's mother is a teacher.[1]

College career

Dave Tollefson played outside linebacker at Los Medanos College in 1999 and 2000, and was recruited by Fresno State, but he suffered a series of injuries that made him miss three seasons. He missed the 2001 season due to right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Then, he spent the 2002 season in the work force, undergoing surgery on his right shoulder to clean up debris. In 2003 he enrolled at Northwest Missouri, but did not play; he was granted a medical hardship after suffering a broken bone in his right foot in August camp.

In the 2004 season he All-MIAA second-team choice in his first year at Northwest Missouri. Started twelve games at right defensive end and recorded 48 tackles (19 solos) with 8.5 sacks and 13 stops for losses and he caused and recovered a fumble and had a pair of pass deflections.

As a senior, in 2005, he earned College-division All-American First-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association. Additionally he was First-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and was named the league's Defensive MVP. He was also a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the best lineman in the small college ranks. Also named to the All-Southwest Region team. He started fourteen games at right defensive end, recording 58 tackles (38 solos) with a team-high 16.5 stops for losses and five quarterback pressures. He set a school season-record and ranked 13th in the nation with 12.5 sacks and caused a fumble, blocked a kick and deflected four passes.

NFL career


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4 ** 255 lb ** 4.75 ** X X 4.48 ** 6.95 ** 34½ in ** 9'6" ** 27** X

(** represents Campus Pro day) [2]

Bench press: 410 lb Squat: 665 lb

The Green Bay Packers drafted Tollefson as their last pick of the 2006 NFL draft.


2006 season

Dave Tollefson failed to make the final 53 man roster for the Packers, however he was added to the Packers practice squad. Tollefson spent the whole 2006 NFL season as a member of the Practice squad.[3]

2007 season

Oakland Raiders signed Dave Tollefson from the Packers practice squad before the 2007 NFL season, but he was waived by the Raiders during the final round of cuts. The Raiders allocated Tollefson to Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europa. Tollefson enjoyed good success for Galaxy by recording 4.5 sacks, 25 tackles and 5 passes defensed.

New York Giants signed Tollefson from Raiders practice squad on October 2, 2007, he played the final six games of the regular season for Giants recording 4 tackles. Tollefson was also activated for all four of the Giants postseason games, and during the NFC Divisional Playoff against the Dallas Cowboys Tollefson recorded 2 assisted tackles and a QB hurry . He also played in the Super Bowl XLII.

2008 season

Dave Tollefson was inactive for the first two games of the 2008 season for the Giants, but during the next two games he recorded the first two sacks of his NFL career. He ended the season with 19 tackles and 3.5 sacks.



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