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David Cole Elmendorf (born June 20, 1949) is a retired American football player. He played as a safety for nine seasons in the NFL. He was a part of the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl XIV team. In 1997, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Dave Elmendorf
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Personal information
Born: (1949-06-20) June 20, 1949 (age 70)
San Antonio, Texas
Career information
High school:Houston (TX) Westbury
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:421
Player stats at

David attended and graduated, in 1967, from Westbury High School in Houston, Texas. He was a star football running back and baseball player. Dave played his college ball at Texas A&M University, class of 1971. Elmendorf was a 1970 All-America in football and was a twice all-American center fielder on the baseball team and was safety, kick returner and occasional tailback on the football team. He was a straight-A student, with a major in economics. He also was named Academic All-America and won a graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation. He was selected in the 1971 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees but chose to play football for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Elmendorf was a starter as a rookie for the 1971 Los Angeles Rams, making the All-rookie team. In 1973, he was voted the Rams "Outstanding Defensive Back", an honor he repeated in 1974. Also, in 1974 he intercepted a career-high 7 passes, returning two for touchdowns and was named All-NFC by AP. In 1975, he was a Second-team All-Pro by the AP and NEA and was Second-team All-NFC by UPI. In his nine NFL seasons Elmendorf played in 130 games, starting all 130, and intercepted 27 passes and recovering 10 fumbles.[1]

After the NFL, he became a broadcaster on radio and TV, became a director of course acquisition for the American Golf Corporation, and in 1989 became general manager of Sugar Creek Golf Club in Houston, Texas. In 2007, he was color commentator for the Texas A&M football radio broadcasts as well as being involved in other business enterprises. In 2008, he was named General Manager of the Quail Valley Golf Course, located in the Quail Valley subdivision of Missouri City, Texas.[2]

Elmendorf is regarded as one of the top two-sport athletes in A&M annals for baseball and football and has been nominated for numerous broadcast honors.[2]