Done Diehl: Big Dave will probably pack it in

As per Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger, Giants’ OL David Diehl is expected to retire rather than continue his career with another club.

Diehl, an 11-year veteran, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks as his body can no longer withstand the pounding in the NFL trenches. He’ll walk away as one of the most durable, toughest and versatile offensive linemen in Giants’ history.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

One of my personal favorites and also one the best, dyed-in-the-wool true blue Giants of all time. Currently the longest-tenured Giant, all Diehl did was defy the odds as a fifth-round pick out of Illinois in 2003.

He started in all 16 games his rookie season, the first Giant since Mark Bavaro (1985) to do so. Diehl was the only player selected in the 2003 NFL Draft to start every game from 2003-09.

Diehl played in 164 games for the Giants, starting in 160 of those.

He was the Giants’ LT in both recent Super Bowl wins and was part of the historic line (along with Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Chris Snee) that started 38 consecutive regular season games from 2007-09, then the longest such streak by five linemen since the 1970 NFL merger.

Chris Snee, the only other lineman from that group that is still on the roster, may also retire this offeseason, officially marking the end of an era in Giants’ history.




3 comments
Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Congrats to Diehl. He was a great Giant and hopefully someday he and Snee will go into the Giants HOF with their 2 rings and countless memories.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

"He was the Giants’ LT in both recent Super Bowl wins and was part of the historic line (along with Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Chris Snee) that started 38 consecutive regular season games from 2007-09, then the longest such streak by five linemen since the 1970 NFL merger."


That streak spanned over a SB win and a 12-4 season.  If that doesn't show them how important a consistent, healthy offensive line is to an offense, I don't know what will.

ss_maryanne
ss_maryanne

@AVSNY He still has a home for sale in Totowa...very beautiful, too.