Congratulations to Brother Rice’s Dave Diehl ‘98 on being inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.
David, while at Brother Rice High School, was a three-sport athlete playing football for four years, track for three years, and wrestling for two years.
After graduation, David left for the University of Illinois to play football, where he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors an incredible five times. In 2002, David was an All-Big Ten Conference selection and started all twelve games in for the Illini. He was integral in that 2002 team, setting a number of school records. As a pillar of the offensive line, David helped pave the way for 446 yards of total offense per game for what was then a school record. That same offensive line bowled defenses over for a season record of 5,356 total yards. David’s team was also responsible for allowing the fewest sacks in a season, a total of 16, setting yet another school benchmark. During his senior year, he was the recipient of the Wright Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the Illinois player who had dedicated himself to academic excellence despite obstacles faced during his collegiate career.
David graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications in 2001, and during his NFL career, he completed his academic endeavors in 2008 when he received his master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Human Resource Education.
David was drafted by the New York Giants in 2003 and played for the Giants for eight years. During one stretch of his career, he started 120 consecutive games. David was named to the 2009 Pro Bowl and was a 2nd team All-NFL selection of the Associated Press in 2008. Other honors include being named the 2003 Giants Offensive Rookie of the Year and selected to the NFL All Rookie Team. David played a major role with the 2007 New York Giants, winning the Super Bowl Championship.
David’s accomplishments extend well beyond the football field, especially as a staunch supporter of Project Sunshine throughout the year, David hosts an annual barbeque at Woodhull Hospital for Project Sunshine children receiving medical treatment and their families. In 2009, as a true testament of his character, David was named the recipient of the Project Sunshine Volunteer Award.
Recently, Dave returned to Brother Rice to speak to the student body and present a Super Bowl 50th Anniversary gold football provided by the NFL.
The 55th Annual Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook, Illinois. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 P.M. followed by dinner at 7:00 P.M. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner.
Tickets are $40 each ($400 for a table of ten). Checks can be made payable to the Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association and mailed to the attention of Dan O’Keefe at DePaul Prep, 3633 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. For further information, contact Dan O’Keefe at 1-773-423-5072 or email@example.com.
The 2016 inductees are:
Mark Antonietti – Mount Carmel
Rich Borsch – Fenwick
Jim Caliendo – St. Laurence/Fenwick
Rodney Chambers – Mendel/Fenwick
Dave Diehl – Brother Rice
Jim Grannon – St. Laurence
Jack Johnson – St. Rita
Michael Kimberlin – Bishop McNamara
LaRue Martin – De La Salle
Joe Martinez – St. Laurence
Robert Meschbach – Gordon Tech
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