By Joe Fitzgerald ‘19
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago his entire life, as a rookie at times it was a difficult transition to the Big Apple. Diehl called the change, “a complete culture shock and experience,” acknowledging the media to be overwhelming at times. After practices Diehl would occasionally walk into a locker room with over 120 media members.
Despite the strenuous change, David quickly excelled for the Giants. Having run a pro-style offense in college, the conversion to the field was easier than other rookies. Over the years Diehl became the anchor of a Giants offensive line which had to block for Eli Manning and company.
Although Diehl’s football achievements are numerous, nothing is quite as big as his two Super Bowl rings. Preparing for the Super Bowl was just like any other game for David. Sticking to his ritual, it took him no time to pack: “For me I’m a super superstitious guy. For me to pack to go to the Super Bowl it literally took me maybe 12 minutes.” Not only was he fortunate enough to win the Super Bowl in 2007, but Diehl was able to win another one in 2011.
Speaking about how the Giants were able to keep their continued success, David said, “When you’re on a roll and you’re streaking, you don’t change the way that you’re going about things.”
In spite of all his career achievements, what David is most proud of is his family. He talked about how his family has always kept him grounded, especially after such an illustrious career. As everyone knows at Brother Rice, family means more than anything, and that is no different to the Super Bowl champion. Diehl is an extremely successful man who values family more than any trophy or accolade. He is the epitome of a true Crusader.