Dave Mann (gridiron football)

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Dave Carl Mann
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Born:(1932-06-02)June 2, 1932
Berkeley, California
Died:May 22, 2012(2012-05-22) (aged 79)
Toronto
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL status National
Position(s) P/RB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
College Oregon State
NFL draft 1954 / Round: 7 / Pick: 74
Career history
As coach
Offence Coach – St. Michael's College intramural football (University of Toronto)
As player
19551957 Chicago Cardinals
1958 Toronto Argonauts
19601970 Toronto Argonauts
CFL East All-Star 1960, 1961
HonorsAll-Time Argo (2005)
Career stats

David Carl Mann (June 2, 1932 – May 22, 2012) was an American professional gridiron football punter in the NFL and CFL. Mann was also the first African-American to play college football for Oregon State University. [1]

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Career – College to NFL to CFL

Born in Berkeley, California, Mann played at Oregon State from 1951 to 1954 and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League. He played for the Cardinals for three seasons as a punter, running back, and a special teams member. Then he went to the Canadian Football League where he played for the Toronto Argonauts. On the eve of the 1959 season, Mann was arrested after a raid on his apartment discovered about $100 worth of marijuana. Although he was acquitted at trial in February 1960, the Argonauts elected not to play him pending the outcome of the trial, forcing Mann to sit out the whole 1959 season. When released in the start of the 1969 season, he played for the Bramalea Satellites, being called back to the Argos as if the Bramalea team was a taxi squad. [2]

Dave Mann volunteered as Offence Coach with St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto, under head coach Lex Byrd. During Mann's tenure, the team won four [3] Mulock Cups as intra-collegiate football champions; including the final playing of intra-faculty tackle football at U of T in the fall of 1993. [4]

Personal, Post Football and Death

Mann became a Canadian citizen and moved to Mississauga, Ontario and instructed techniques in golf. Mann opened a restaurant, played drums in a jazz trio and became friends with comedian Bill Cosby. [5]

Mann died on May 22, 2012 in a Toronto nursing home due to complications from dementia. [5]

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