David Boone

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Dave Boone
No. 64
Born:(1951-10-30)October 30, 1951
Detroit, Michigan
Died:March 26, 2005(2005-03-26) (aged 53)
Point Roberts, Washington
Career information
CFL status American
Position(s) DE/DL
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight248 lb (112 kg)
College Eastern Michigan
High school Cass Technical
(Detroit, Michigan)
NFL draft 1974 / Round: 11 / Pick: 285
Drafted by Minnesota Vikings
Career history
As player
1974 Minnesota Vikings
1975 BC Lions
1976 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
19771983 Edmonton Eskimos
1984 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1981
CFL East All-Star 1977
CFL West All-Star 1981
Awards Tom Pate Memorial Award: 1982
Career stats
NFL Games Played5

Humphrey David Boone, Jr. (October 30, 1951 March 26, 2005) was an All-Star Canadian Football League defensive lineman, winner of 5 Grey Cups.



Rookie Year

Boone graduated from Eastern Michigan University and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 5 games in 1974, the year the team went to Super Bowl VIII.

Years in CFL

He moved on to Canada, playing with the BC Lions in 1975 (6 games) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1976.

He began an All-Star career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1977, becoming a vital part of their famed "Alberta Crude" defence. He was a CFL all-star in 1981, a three-time West Division all-star (1977, 1979, 1981) and won 5 Grey Cup rings.

He finished his career playing 15 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1984.


His body was discovered outside of his house in the resort community of Point Roberts, Washington. [1] On November 19, 2008, the CBC Television show The Fifth Estate suggested that Boone, who killed himself after many years of depression, suffered from the effects of years of unreported head injuries from playing professional football. Teammates York Hentschel and Bill Stevenson are believed to have suffered from the same injuries. [2] The David Boone Award was created in 2005 in memory of him [3]

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  1. "Eskimos' David Boone dead at 53". CBC Sports. March 30, 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  2. "Dynasty to death: CBC's Fifth Estate examines head injuries in football". CBC Sports. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  3. https://www.goelks.com/david-boone-award/