David Diehl announced his retirement from the NFL this past Friday after spending his entire 11 year career with the NY Giants. Diehl was selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois, so to play for 11 years as a fifth round draft pick is doing a hell of a job. He was nicked up the last couple of years (torn hamstring/dislocated hip and surgery/right thumb surgery/sprained MCL), but he was a versatile player who played every line position but Center while he was with Big Blue at a time when the O-Line was a consistent strength of the team. I wish him well in life after football and thanks for the help with the two rings.
Some quick facts about Diehl.
- First NY Giant to start every game in his rookie year since Giant great Mark Bavarro.
- Two-Time Super Bowl Champion.
- Diehl was the only Giant still on the roster that was on the team before Coughlin got there.
- Signed a 6-year, $31 Million contract in 2008.
- He a pretty big soccer fan, often seen donning his Croatian jersey and pictured her celebrating a Croatian win over Ireland. Unfortunately for him, they are in Group A this year which includes Brazil (hosting the Cup), Mexico (struggling lately), and Cameroon (just OK). They're World ranking is 16 compared to Mexico's 20 ranking, so it'll really come down to that game for them to advance.
- During the Sunday Night Football segment where the starts introduce themselves and say the name of their college, he would introduce himself as, "David Diehl, University of Chief Illiniwek." He also has the Chief tattooed on his arm.
- All-Pro in 2008.
- Pro Bowl Selection in 2009 (Super Bowl Replacement).