David Merle Dalby (October 19, 1950 – August 30, 2002) was an American football center; he played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), all with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

Dave Dalby
No. 50
Personal information
Born:(1950-10-19)October 19, 1950
Alexandria, Minnesota
Died:August 30, 2002(2002-08-30) (aged 51)
Dana Point, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:La Serna (Whittier, California)
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:205
Games Started:135
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Dalby was a star linemen at center and defensive end, who led his high school football team, the La Serna Lancers of Whittier, California, to the California Scholastic Federation AAA football championship in 1967. An all-around athlete in high school, Dalby also played basketball and baseball at La Serna and graduated in 1968.

Dalby played college football nearby at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he became part of their All-Century team as center, and is a member of the UCLA Hall of Fame.


Dalby was the 100th overall pick of the 1972 NFL Draft, selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders. He played fourteen seasons in the NFL, all with the Raiders (19721985) and did not miss a single game.

In his fourth year in 1975, Dalby replaced hall of famer Jim Otto as the starting center, who retired after the previous season. He became only the second starting center in franchise history, as Otto had been the starter since the team's inception in 1960. For the next decade, Dalby was a part of sterling offensive lines which culminated in three Raider Super Bowl victories (XI, XV, XVIII). During that 1975–1985 window, the Raiders reached the playoffs eight times (1975–1977, 1980, 1982–1985).

During his eleven seasons as a starter, Dalby played next to hall of famer Gene Upshaw, Curt Marsh, and Charley Hannah at left guard with George Buehler and Mickey Marvin at right guard. He was selected to the Pro Bowl once, after the 1977 season. After his retirement, he was replaced as the starting center in 1986 by Don Mosebar.


Dalby died in a car accident on August 30, 2002 at 51, when his van hit a tree.[1]


  1. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.

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