David Quessenberry

American football player (born 1990)

American football player
David Quessenberry
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Quessenberry with the Tennessee Titans in 2021
No. 77 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-24) August 24, 1990 (age 32)
La Jolla, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:La Costa Canyon
(Carlsbad, California)
College:San Jose State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 176
Career history
  • Houston Texans (2013–2017)
  • Tennessee Titans (2018–2021)
  • Buffalo Bills (2022–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • George Halas Award (2017)
  • First-team All-WAC (2012)
  • Second-team All-WAC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:35
Games started:23
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

David Lee Quessenberry Jr. (born August 24, 1990) is an American football offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and previously played for the Tennessee Titans. He played college football at San Jose State.

High school career

Born in the La Jolla community of San Diego, Quessenberry attended La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California and lettered in football and lacrosse.[1] Quessenberry played tight end at La Costa Canyon.[2] His father played college football at the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy from 1980 to 2010.[3]

College career

Quessenberry at the 2012 Military Bowl

Having no scholarship offers out of high school, Quessenberry met a San Jose State assistant coach who was recruiting a teammate.[4] Quessenberry later walked-on to the Spartans football team at San Jose State University in 2008 and redshirted that year to bulk up from his 235-pound weight.[2] He would go on to play in 50 games for the Spartans with 38 starts. As a freshman in 2009 under coach Dick Tomey, Quessenberry played in all 12 games mostly on special teams and was a reserve at offensive tackle and tight end.[1]

Quessenberry first earned an athletic scholarship the summer before sophomore season of 2010.[4] In a 1–12 season under new coach Mike MacIntyre, Quessenberry started in all 13 games at left tackle and played mostly as a punt protector and extra point lineman. As a junior in 2011, Quessenberry again started all 12 games of the season, and San Jose State football improved to 5–7. Quessenberry earned second-team All-WAC honors.[1]

In his senior season, an 11–2 season in 2012 that included a 2012 Military Bowl victory, Quessenberry became team captain and was a Burlsworth Trophy finalist for best non-scholarship NCAA FBS player. He was also on the Lombardi Award watch list.[1][4] After starting 27 straight games dating back to 2009, Quessenberry sat out the September 15 game due to an ankle injury suffered in the first play of the September 8 game.[1][5] On September 29, Quessenberry played in a game against Navy, a team with younger brother Paul as an offensive lineman.[6] Selected for the 2013 Senior Bowl, Quessenberry became the first San Jose State offensive lineman to play in a Senior Bowl. He was a first-team all-WAC selection.[1] In December 2012, Quessenberry graduated from San Jose State with a B.A. in history.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+78 in
(1.95 m)
302 lb
(137 kg)
34+38 in
(0.87 m)
10+58 in
(0.27 m)
5.08 s 1.73 s 2.92 s 4.45 s 7.49 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[7][8]

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans selected Quessenberry in the sixth round with the 176th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.[9][10]

On September 10, 2013, the Texans placed Quessenberry on injured reserve after he injured a foot during practice, a season-ending injury.[11][12]

On June 10, 2014, the Texans announced Quessenberry felt fatigue and had persistent cough. After seeking a medical evaluation, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. As a result, the Texans put him on the Non-Football Illness designation. He was waived by the Texans with a non-football injury designation in May 2016.[13] He cleared waivers and was placed on the team's non-football injury list.[14]

After completing his cancer treatment, Quessenberry returned to practice with the Texans at the start of OTAs on May 23, 2017.[15] On September 2, 2017, he was waived by the Texans and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[16][17] He was promoted to the active roster on December 19, 2017.[18] Quessenberry made his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 25, 2017.[19]

On September 1, 2018, Quessenberry was waived by the Texans.[20]

Tennessee Titans

On September 11, 2018, Quessenberry was signed to the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.[21] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on December 31, 2018.[22] On September 15, 2019, in a 19-17 Week 2 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Quessenberry caught his first receiving touchdown from a pass by Marcus Mariota.[23] On October 7, 2019, Quessenberry was released by the Titans and re-signed to the practice squad.[24] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on January 20, 2020.[25]

On September 5, 2020, Quessenberry was waived by the Titans and signed to the practice squad the next day.[26][27] He was elevated to the active roster on October 13 and 24 for the team's weeks 5 and 7 games against the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[28][29] He was promoted to the active roster on October 27, 2020.[30]

Quessenberry in 2021

Quessenberry was named the Titans starting right tackle in 2021, and started every game.

Buffalo Bills

On April 21, 2022, Quessenberry signed with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal.[31]

Personal life

In June 2014, Quessenberry was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after experiencing fatigue and persistent cough.[32] On February 25, 2015, his cancer went into remission after completing radiation treatment, then on April 13, 2017, he officially completed his cancer treatment.[33][34] On June 12, 2017, Quessenberry won the 2017 George Halas Award. The award is given to the "player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed."[35] His brother Scott Quessenberry was the 155th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers.[36] Another brother, Paul Quessenberry, is a tight end on the Houston Texans.


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  2. ^ a b Canepa, Nick (December 9, 2012). "David Quessenberry works way up after walking on at San Jose State". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Durkin, Jimmy (September 27, 2012). "San Jose State's visit to Navy an inspirational bond for Quessenberry family". San Jose Mercury News.
  4. ^ a b c Loh, Stefanie (September 19, 2012). "SJSU's San Diegans Ronnie Yell and David Quessenberry excited to take on Aztecs". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Barraza, Stephanie (December 3, 2012). "David Quessenberry talks Spartan football and his favorite food". Spartan Daily. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Wagner, Bill (September 27, 2012). "Brothers armed for Navy-San Jose clash". Capital Gazette. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "David Quessenberry". draftscout.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "David Quessenberry draft profile". NFL. Archived from the original on December 27, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Texans finish draft with 4 picks in 6th round". Archived from the original on June 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "2013 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  11. ^ McClain, John (September 4, 2013). "David Quessenberry out for season with broken foot". Ultimate Texans. Chron.com. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  12. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions: Week ending September 15, 2013". NFL. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  13. ^ Ganguli, Tania (May 31, 2016). "Texans waive David Quessenberry but not counting him out for future". espn.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Roster". houstontexans.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 23, 2017). "David Quessenberry returns after cancer battle". NFL.com.
  16. ^ "Transactions: Texans down to 53-man roster". HoustonTexans.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Texans add nine to the practice squad". HoustonTexans.com. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans add three to active roster". HoustonTexans.com. December 19, 2017. Archived from the original on April 27, 2018.
  19. ^ D'Andrea, Christian (December 25, 2017). "David Quessenberry made his NFL debut on Christmas, 8 months after beating cancer". SB Nation. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans cut roster to 53". HoustonTexans.com. September 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Titans sign OL David Quessenberry to fill practice squad". Titans Wire. USA Today. September 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "Titans Sign Nine Players to Futures Contracts". TitansOnline.com. December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  23. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 15, 2019). "Cancer Survivor David Quessenberry Makes Touchdown Catch for Titans". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  24. ^ Wyatt, Jim (October 7, 2019). "Titans Release Kicker Cairo Santos, OL David Quessenberry". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "Titans Sign 10 Players to Futures Contracts". TitansOnline.com. January 20, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  26. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 5, 2020). "Roster Moves: Titans Trim Roster to 53 Players". TennesseeTitans.com.
  27. ^ Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Add 13 Players to Practice Squad". tennesseetitans.com. Tennessee Titans. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  28. ^ Alper, Josh (October 13, 2020). "Titans activate two from COVID-19 list, call up four players for Tuesday night". NBCSports.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  29. ^ Williams, Charean (October 24, 2020). "Titans activate Dane Cruikshank from injured reserve". NBCSports.com. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  30. ^ Wyatt, Jim (October 27, 2020). "Titans Promote LB Daren Bates, OL David Quessenberry to 53-Man Roster". TennesseeTitans.com.
  31. ^ Brown, Chris (April 21, 2022). "Bills sign G David Quessenberry to a one-year deal". BuffaloBills.com.
  32. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (June 10, 2014). "David Quessenberry diagnosed with lymphoma". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  33. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 25, 2015). "Texans' Quessenberry says cancer is in remission". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  34. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 13, 2017). "Texans' David Quessenberry finishes chemo treatment". NFL.com.
  35. ^ Chavez, Chris (June 12, 2017). "Texans' David Quessenberry wins George Halas award after non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma battle". SI.com.
  36. ^ "Chargers' Scott Quessenberry: Los Angeles selects in fifth". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.

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