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Encyclopedia > Dave Duerson
Dave Duerson
Date of birth November 28, 1960
Place of birth Flag of United States Muncie, Indiana
Position(s) Safety
College Notre Dame
NFL Draft 1983 / Round 3/ Pick 64
Pro Bowls 4
Stats
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Team(s)
1983-1989
1990
1991-1993
Chicago Bears
New York Giants
Phoenix Cardinals

David Russell Duerson (born November 28, 1960 in Muncie, Indiana) is a former safety in the National Football League who played for the Chicago Bears (1983-1989), the New York Giants (1990), and the Phoenix Cardinals (1991-1993). November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Muncie (IPA: ) is a city in Delaware County in east central Indiana, best known as the home of Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Roman Catholic institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana, immediately northeast of South Bend, Indiana, United States. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner William V. Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Muncie (IPA: ) is a city in Delaware County in east central Indiana, best known as the home of Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Arizona Cardinals are a National Football League team based in Tempe, Arizona. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Duerson was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986-1989 in his career, and won two championship rings with the Bears (Super Bowl XX) and with the Giants (Super Bowl XXV). In 1987 Duerson was the recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. In his 11 seasons, Duerson recorded 20 interceptions, which he returned for 226 yards, and 16 quarterback sacks. He also recovered five fumbles, returning them for 47 yards and a touchdown.


Before his NFL career, Duerson played for The University of Notre Dame from 1979-1982. He graduated with honors, with a BA in Economics. Started all 4 years, was 2-time 1st Team All-American ('81-'82), Captain, and MVP in 1982. Sorin Award recipient, as University's most distinguished alum and was President of Notre Dame Monogram Club. Until recently, he was a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees. He was forced to resign his ND board of trustees position amid charges that he committed Domestic Battery in 2005 on his spouse at a nearby South Bend area hotel. This act resulted in a civil conviction for which he has expressed great regret and remorse.


He has been equally successful in business, as in sports. In Business, Duerson owned 3 McDonald's restaurants in Louisville, KY for 6 months, in late '94-April of '95, then moved to the supply-side, purchasing the majority interest in Brooks Sausage Company. The name was changed to Fair Oaks Farms, LLC and Duerson grew the company from $23M to over $63.5M in 6 years. Sold Fair Oaks to build a State-Of-The-Art meat production plant (Duerson Foods, LLC), in February 2002.


Duerson Foods, LLC opened its plant in August 2003, 6 months late, due to its most critical equipment company being late on delivery of key freezers, and design flaws. Duerson won a Federal Judgment in October 2004, in The Eastern District Of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), for $34.592M, against Advanced Freezer, N.A. The Netherlands. Duerson Foods customers included 40% of Burger King's Sausage, 50% of The Olive Garden's Italian Sausage, and direct manufacturing for The USDA's Commodity Beef Program, among others. 2006 revenues exceeded $22M. He sold the assets of the company in December 2006, due to ramifcations of late startup creating cash flow challenges, which complicated the funding of future growth.


Duerson earned a Master's from Harvard Business School's Owner President Management Program (OPM30) in May 2001. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and is a 32nd Degree Mason in Hiram #14, PHA, Chicago, IL. He is a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs Of America, and is a Trustee of The National Football League Player's Benefit Board, and was lead plantiff of one of 5 Class Action Law Suits that brought free agency to The NFL.


In high school, Duerson was equally impressive, playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He turned down an opportunity with The Los Angeles Dodgers, as a Pitcher/Outfielder, in 1979. Duerson was a member of The National Honor Society, 1979 Indiana Mr. Football, and toured 38 countries, as a member of The Musical Ambassadors All-American Band...he plays all Brass Instruments. His sons, Brock Duerson, attends Loyola Academy, in Wilmette, Illinois, and Tregg Duerson graduated from Loyola and attends Notre Dame.


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Duerson pleads guilty to domestic battery - Boston.com (254 words)
Dave Duerson, a former Notre Dame football player who went on to play for the Chicago Bears, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
Duerson was in South Bend for a board of trustees meeting last February and got into an argument with his wife in their hotel room on campus.
Duerson, who resigned from the Notre Dame board of trustees after the incident, faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced.
Boston.com / Sports / College / Football / Notre Dame trustee raps coach's firing (607 words)
Duerson said trustees were not consulted -- but should have been -- before Willingham was fired Nov. 30 after the Irish went 21-15 in his three years as coach.
Duerson's son, Tregg, is a freshman attending Notre Dame on a football scholarship.
Duerson said he did not think race was a factor in the firing of Willingham, the first fl head coach in any sport at Notre Dame.
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