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David Ryan Klingler (born February 17, 1969) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals after a record setting career at the University of Houston, but is considered a bust for his lackluster NFL career. Klingler attended Stratford High School in Houston. Klingler is now an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary.

David Klingler
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Personal information
Born: (1969-02-17) February 17, 1969 (age 50)
Houston, Texas
Career information
High school:Stratford (Houston, Texas)
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:65.1
Player stats at

College careerEdit

A 6'2" quarterback, Klingler rewrote numerous college passing records for the Houston Cougars from 1988-1991. On November 17, 1990, Klingler threw 11 touchdown passes against Eastern Washington University at the Astrodome, and on December 2 set the NCAA (division I) record for most yards gained in a single game, 716[1] (since surpassed by Connor Halliday in 2014). In his four seasons at Houston, he completed 726 of 1,262 passes for 9,430 yards and 91 touchdowns, all of which were school records at the time. Klingler set the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a season with 54 in 1990. His single season touchdown pass record stood for 16 years until it was broken in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl by University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan with 58, though Brennan needed three more games than Klingler to break the record. Klingler made a valiant push to win the Heisman Trophy but was eventually beaten by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young University and Raghib Ismail (runner-up) of Notre Dame. Klingler remained a stand-out for the University of Houston and still ranks in the top ten for career touchdown passes and yards in a career.[2]

NFL careerEdit

Klingler was taken in the 1st round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. From 1992 to 1995 he played for the Bengals—starting for the Bengals in 1993 and 1994 before losing his job to Jeff Blake. He then played two seasons as a backup for the Oakland Raiders. In 1998, he signed with the Green Bay Packers to back up Brett Favre, but he was cut and didn't play.[3]

Klingler injured his elbow and shoulder in the offseason before his third season. After the 1994 season (his third), he underwent elbow surgery. Being informed that his injury was career ending, he knew that his career was all but done. Before the operation he could heave a ball 85 yards; afterward he struggled to reach 35.[4]

After the NFLEdit

Klingler entered school at Dallas Theological Seminary, earning both a master's degree in Theology and a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies. In June 2010, he became the director of DTS's Houston extension.[5] On April 15, 2012, it was announced that Klingler was elected as assistant professor of biblical studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Havard School of Theological Studies in Houston.[6] Klingler was also an analyst for the University of Houston's football radio network from 2006 to 2008.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Klingler Has Record Finish". LA Times. December 2, 1990. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  2. ^ "University of Houston Athletics :: UH Cougars :: Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  3. ^ Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images. "David Klingler". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "David Klingler". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  5. ^ "Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) - Teach Truth. Love Well". Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  6. ^ "Campus News - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary". Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  7. ^ "College football - Dashing though a scoring frenzy and crazy comebacks - ESPN". 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-01.