Full Name: David Michael Diehl
September 15, 1980
Weight: 319 lbs.
Experience: 5 years
Drafted: Year:2003 Round:5 Pick:25, Giants
NFL: Tough, athletic, and versatile offensive lineman has started all 49 regular season and postseason games since he joined the Giants as a 5th-round draft choice in 2003. He is the first Giant since the introduction of the 16-game schedule in 1978 to start all 48 regular season games in his first 3 seasons... Diehl has played right guard, right tackle and left guard in his 3 years with the team... He is one of just four players from the 2003 draft class to start every game in the last three seasons. The others are Carolina tackle Jordan Gross, Jacksonville safety Rashean Mathis and Dallas cornerback Terence Newman... Diehl started 16 games at right guard as a rookie, 16 at right tackle last season and 15 games at left guard and 1 game at right tackle in 2005.
2005: Started 15 regular season games at left guard and 1 game (vs. Kansas City 12/17) at right tackle. Also started the NFC Wild Card Game at left guard... Offensive line provide enough run blocking for Tiki Barber to rush for a franchise-record 1,860 yards... Pass blocking enabled Eli Manning to pass for a 3,762 yards, the 5th-highest total in franchise history... Diehl's blocking at left guard helped Barber rush for 203 yards, including at franchise-best 95-yard touchdown run, at Oakland (12/31)...Started at right tackle in place of Kareem McKenzie vs. Kansas City (12/17) and offensive line's blocking enabled Barber to rush for a team-record 220 rushing yards... Started at left guard at Philadelphia (12/11), but moved to right tackle when McKenzie was forced to leave the game in the 2nd quarter due to injury. Offensive line allowed 1 sack and provided enough blocking and protection for the Giants to gain 437 yards of total offense... Was a key part of an offensive line that provided enough run blocking and pass protection for the Giants to gain 490 yards of total offense at Seattle (11/27). Recovered a Manning fumble after a sack in the 2nd quarter... Line did not allow a sack at San Francisco (11/6)... Diehl's blocking vs. Washington (10/30) helped the Giants rush for 262 yards, the 8th-highest total in team history and their highest total since they ran for 289 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 1985... Line did not allow a sack for the 2nd time in 2005 vs. Denver (10/23). Diehl made a key block on Barber's 4-yard touchdown run... The line allowed 1 sack and provided enough pass protection and run blocking for the Giants to gain 456 yards of total offense vs. St. Louis (10/2) It was their highest total since they had 461 yards in a 10-7 overtime victory vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2002... Diehl was an integral part of the line that gave Manning time to throw for a career-high 352 yards at San Diego (9/25)... Offensive line did not allow a sack at New Orleans (9/19)
2004: Started all 16 games at right tackle after starting all 16 games at right guard as a rookie... O-lines run blocking enabled Tiki Barber to gain 95 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries vs. Dallas (1/2)... Offensive line did not allow a sack vs. Pittsburgh (12/18) for the first time since Dec. 22, 2002 at Indianapolis in a 44-27 victory... Run blocking at Minnesota (10/31) enabled the Giants to rush for 168 yards and 4 touchdowns... Offensive line's run blocking at Dallas (10/10) enabled Barber to gain 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries... Diehl missed a snap for the 1st time in his career when he left the game for a play in the 4th quarter with a cut below the eye at Green Bay (10/3). Returned to the game and helped the Giants rush for 245 yards, their highest total since they had 260 rushing yards in a 31-21 victory over Phoenix on Oct. 11, 1992... Offensive line allowed two sacks and provided enough protection for Kurt Warner to complete 22 of 33 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown vs. Washington (9/19)... Debuted at right tackle at Philadelphia (9/12)... Offensive line provided enough blocking and pass protection for the offense to gain 413 yards, their highest total since they had 413 yards in a victory over the Jets on Nov. 2, 2003.
2003: Started all 16 games at right guard...Became the first Giants rookie to start all 16 games since Mark Bavaro in 1985...Was one of 14 NFL rookies to start all 16 games in 2003... Was 1 of only 3 offensive linemen on the roster to see action in all 16 games, was 1 of only 2 to start every game during the year and was the only to start at the same position each game during the 2003 season...Offensive line had its finest game as a unit at Jets (11/2), allowing 1 sack and providing the blocking to enable the Giants to gain 413 yards... Diehl and the line helped the Giants gain a season-high 450 yards of total offense at Minnesota (10/26)...Offensive line's run blocking and pass protection at Washington (9/21) enabled the Giants to gain 399 yards of total offense... Joined fellow rookies Wayne Lucier (left guard) and Jeff Roehl (left tackle) in the starting lineup vs. Dallas (9/15), making the Giants the 1st team since the 1981 Washington Redskins to start 3 rookie offensive linemen in the same game.
College: Second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior in 2002... Recipient of the Wright Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the Illinois player who has dedicated himself to academic excellence despite obstacles faced during his collegiate career... Started every game at left offensive guard, registering 91 knockdowns for an offense that featured its first 1,000-yard rusher (Antoineo Harris) and 1,000-yard receiver (Brandon Lloyd) in the same season since 1984. Helped offense total 5,356 yards...In 2001, saw action at both guard and tackle... Registered 56 knockdowns as he participated in 385 plays for an offense that gained 5,041 yards, as the line allowed only 16 quarterback sacks (second in the Big Ten)...In 2000, was valuable reserve, seeing action in every game at right guard... Made 15 knockdowns as he participated in 43 plays...In 1999, played in 6 games on the field goal and extra point protection units... Redshirted as a freshman in 1998.
Off-the-field Activity: In 2005, David attended the Police Athletic League of NYCs SportsNite fundraiser and the United Way of New York Citys Gridiron Gala fundraiser... Spoke at Iona Grammar Schools father-son breakfast, participated in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing, and joined fellow offensive lineman to adopt Edison, N.J. firehouses... Attended the Giants Ronald McDonald House fundraiser dinner, made a financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity Internationals Katrina Relief Fund, and
joined teammates by making a contribution toward Thanksgiving and holiday