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Dave Casper
No. 87
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-02-02) February 2, 1952 (age 63)
Place of birth: Bemidji, Minnesota
Career information
High school: St. Edward (IL), Chilton (WI)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Debuted in 1974 for the Oakland Raiders
Last played in 1984 for the Los Angeles Raiders
Career history
Career highlights and awards
* NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 378
Receiving Yards 5,216
Touchdowns 52
Stats at NFL.com

David John Casper (born February 2, 1952), nicknamed "The Ghost."[1] is a former American football player best known for being a prominent member of the Oakland Raiders. He was a Tight end and also played as an offensive lineman. Casper has been elected to both the College Football[2] and Pro Football[3] Halls Of Fame.

High school[edit]

Casper spent his first three years of high school at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Illinois, and his senior season was at Chilton High School in Chilton, Wisconsin,[1] an hour south of Green Bay. He was a member of the 1969 Chilton team that outscored their opponents 363-0 in eight games.[1] The small-town team was ranked eighth in the state behind the largest schools in the state; there was no playoff system at the time.[1]

Notre Dame[edit]

Casper played collegiate football at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned Honorable Mention All-America for the Fighting Irish as a tackle in 1972. In 1973 he was an All-American on the 1973 National Championship Team. He was the 1973 ND Offensive MVP as a tight end and recorded 21 receptions for 335 yards and four touchdowns in his career.

Casper earned his bachelor's degree in economics and graduated in 1974. He was also the captain of the Omecron Delta Epsilon Honor Society for Economics. Source: David Casper's LinkedIn page. In 2012, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pro career[edit]

Casper was selected in the second round of the 1974 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. Casper only caught a total of nine passes his first two seasons, but was a top-ten receiver in their championship season in 1976, in which he had 53 catches for 691 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Ghost to the Post[edit]

Main article: Ghost to the Post

One of Casper's most memorable games as a Raider came in a 1977 Divisional Playoff game against the Baltimore Colts. Casper made an over-the-head catch of a soft pass lofted by Ken Stabler on "The Ghost to the Post." The 42-yard reception set up a game-tying field goal that forced overtime and the Raiders went on to a 37-31 victory with Casper's 10-yard touchdown reception in the second overtime period. He finished the game with four receptions for 70 yards and three touchdowns.

The Holy Roller[edit]

Casper was also involved in another famous NFL contest in 1978 on September 10, between the Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The Raiders trailed the Chargers 20-14 with just ten seconds left in the game when Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler, about to be sacked, dropped the football. He flicked it toward the goal line in an effort to save the game and Raiders running back Pete Banaszak recovered the ball at the San Diego 12-yard line but dropped the ball again, and it rolled further forward. Casper kicked the ball at the San Diego 5-yard line and finally recovered it in the end zone to tie the game. The extra point attempt was good and Oakland won the game by a point, 21-20. Stabler, Banaszak, and Casper all admitted afterwards that they had deliberately fumbled or batted the ball towards the end zone.[4]

The Chargers protested on the grounds that Stabler's fumble was actually a forward pass, and therefore should have been ruled incomplete when it hit the ground. As a result of the play, the NFL changed its rules to make it illegal for the teammate of a ball carrier to advance the ball if the ball carrier fumbles on fourth down or in the last two minutes of the game.[5]

Other career highlights[edit]

Casper caught the first touchdown of Super Bowl XI, a 32-14 Raiders victory over the Minnesota Vikings. As a Raider, Casper was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1976–1979).

Midway through the 1980 season Casper was traded to the Houston Oilers for their first and second round draft picks. He was reunited with his former Raider quarterback, Ken Stabler, when he was traded to the Oilers. He finished the 1980 season with 56 receptions and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. In 1984 he returned to the Raiders (who by then had moved to Los Angeles) for his final NFL season.

Casper finished his pro career with 378 receptions, 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns. In 2002 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the 13th Raider to be inducted.

Current activities[edit]

In recent years, Casper has been working for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Walnut Creek, California (and now Vernon Hills, Illinois) assisting business owners with financial planning and consultation work.[6]

Video clips[edit]

at Notre Dame

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Christopherson, Brett (2009-08-28). "Brett Christopherson column: 1969 Chilton High School Tigers recall 'the greatest days'". The Post Crescent. Retrieved 2009-09-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.wndu.com/sports/headlines/Nearly-40-years-after-leading-Irish-by-Bama-for-national-Casper-enters-Hall-of-Fame-182125301.html
  3. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=43
  4. ^ Hyman, Mac (1978-09-15). "Sport Shots". Oakland Post. p. 8. Stabler said he intentionally fumbled, Pete B. said he batted the ball forward, and Dave Casper said that he knew that if he fell on the ball on the one or two yard line the game would have been over, so he kicked it along into the end zone and fell on it. 
  5. ^ "The "Holy Roller"". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-11-30. During the off-season, the league added a provision to the rule book about fumbles after the two-minute warning that allows only the player who fumbled the ball to advance it. 
  6. ^ david-casper.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Gary Hall, Sr.
Lawrie Mifflin
Drew Pearson
Cynthia Potter
Sally Ride
Harry Smith
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1999
Dave Casper
Anita DeFrantz
Pat Head Summitt
Lynn Swann
Robert R. Thomas
Bill Walton
Succeeded by
Dianne Baker
Junior Bridgeman
Pat Haden
Lisa Rosenblum
John Dickson Stufflebeem
John Trembley

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Observer Online

Observer Online
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:14:23 -0800

Dave Casper, who played tight end for the Irish football team between 1971 and 1973, said athletes knew of Hesburgh's standards for them from the start of their careers. “I know that [Hesburgh] thought it was important to have a great athletics program ...
 
ESPN (blog)
Fri, 02 May 2014 13:32:12 -0700

Our countdown of the best Oakland Raiders draft picks since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger continues with tight end Dave Casper checking in at No. 3 ... Dave Casper (Notre Dame, second round, No. 45 overall, 1974) The Raiders already had a serviceable tight ...

ESPN

Observer Online
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:37:13 -0800

The last inductee with Notre Dame ties was former Irish tight end Dave Casper, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2002. Brown and Bettis will join the Hall of Fame with a class of eight inductees, including former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau ...

Vikings.com

Vikings.com
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:09:46 -0800

... are in the Hall of Fame are: HB Hugh McElhenny (class of 1970), Minnesota's first Head Coach Norm Van Brocklin ('71), C Jim Langer ('87), K Jan Stenerud ('91), former assistant coach Mike Singletary ('98), TE Dave Casper (2002), QB Warren Moon ('06 ...
 
CNNMoney
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:52:30 -0800

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WPTZ The Champlain Valley
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:41:15 -0800

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:10:14 -0800

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Notre Dame Official Athletic Site

Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:34:20 -0700

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former University of Notre Dame football All-America tight end David Casper will be enshrined in the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame at an Aug. 28 ceremony in Atlanta. The 1973 consensus All-American is ...
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