- Born David Russell Duerson November 28, 1960 in Muncie, Indiana
- Died February 17, 2011, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
David Russell Duerson was born in Muncie, Indiana where he attended local schools. In High School at Muncie Northside, Duerson excelled in all 3 major sports, football, basketball and baseball, during his four years there. As a senior at Northside, Duerson was voted “Mr. Football” by the Indiana High School Athletic Association and was offered a pitching or out-fielder position by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Duerson declined the Dodgers offer and attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was voted All-America, earned MVP in 1982, won numerous awards and graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He later became a member of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees.
In 1981, Duerson was selected in the 3rd round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears in a reserve defensive secondary capacity. He went on to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986 to 1989 during his career, won two Super Bowl rings, with the Bears (Super Bowl XX), and with the Giants (Super Bowl XXV). During the 1986 season, Duerson set an NFL record (later broken in 2005 by Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals) for most sacks in a season by a defensive back, with seven. He also intercepted six passes for 139 yards with a long return of 38 yards. At season’s end, Duerson was named first team All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly, the Pro Football Writers Association and The Sporting News and second team All-Pro by AP. In 1987, Duerson was the recipient of the NFL Man of the Year Award and in 1988 was awarded the NFL Humanitarian of the Year. 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. He finalized his professional football career with the Arizona Cardinals, retiring after the 1993 season.
Honors and Awards
- 1986 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner
- 1987 NFL Man of the Year Award Winner
- Pro-Bowl Selection (4) – 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
- AP Pro-Bowl Selection 2nd team (2) – 1986, 1987
- Super Bowl Championships (2) – 1986 Chicago Bears, 1989 NY Giants
- Kentucky Colonel
- Sagamore of the Wabash
- Indiana High School Sports Hall of Fame
- Indiana High School – “Mr. Football”
- National Honor Society
- Held NFL record for interceptions until 2005.
- Notre Dame University – Board of Trustees.
- NFL Players Association – Representative & Spokesperson.