Originally written on Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Blog  |  Last updated 6/17/13
  Did You Know… The Most Obscure Player of 1985: Defensive tackle David Ponder (shown here as #85 for Florida State). That Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s father played for the Dallas Cowboys? I didn’t, so on the day after Father’s Day, David Ponder is our Most Obscure Player of 1985. David Ponder was a defensive tackle who played at Florida State from 1980 to 1983.  He was not drafted in 1985 and signed a free agent contract with the Cowboys. Ponder played in only four games with the Cowboys. One of those was the 44-14 win over the Washington Redskins during the famous “Happy Birthday, Joe Theismann” game to open the season. Ponder recorded a half-sack during that game, and this was his only official statistic as a professional. He apparently remained in the Dallas area, as Christian was born in Dallas and raised in Grapevine. Christian later played at Florida State before being drafted in 2011. * * * Here is a story about Christian Ponder signing with FSU in 2005. It mentions David Ponder’s all-important contributions to his college fraternity. Florida State’s decision is very good news for Pi Kappa Alpha. David Ponder was not only a great player for the Seminoles, he was also a popular leader and Brother of Delta Lambda Chapter. David was an active member of the Pike rush committee, and won the FSU Intramural All-Greek Heavyweight Wrestling Championship for the Pikes. In 1984, David received the coveted Ken Spence Award honoring the varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of loyalty and devotion to Pi Kappa Alpha. * * * Another point of obscurity: Ponder was one of two players who first wore a jersey number in the 90s. Ponder wore #97, while Kevin Brooks wore #99. Related articles Most Obscure Player of 1984: Norm Granger Most Obscure Player of 1983: Chuck McSwain Most Obscure Player of 1982: Steve Wright Most Obscure Player of 1981: Angelo King
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