Dave Casper

  • 5 × Pro Bowl ( 1976-1980 )
  • 4 × All- Pro ( 1976-1979 ) 1st and 2nd team
  • 2 × AFC Champion (1976, 1980)
  • 2 × Super Bowl champion (XI, XV)
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (2002)
  • College Football Hall of Fame (2012 )

David John "Dave" Casper ( born September 26, 1951 in Bemidji, Minnesota), nicknamed The Ghost, is an American former American football player. He played as a tight end in the National Football League ( NFL) with the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders, the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings.


Dave Casper was born in Bemidji. After his birth, his family moved several times and he first attended in Elgin, Illinois, and in his last year of school in Chilton, Wisconsin, high school. In addition to football, he played on the school baseball, basketball and was active as a golfer. In 1969 succeeded his school team to win all games. His team scored 363 points in the season and gave it a single point from.

Playing career


After completing his schooling, the Catholic mannered Dave Casper was awarded a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1971 to 1973 under head coach Ara Parseghian. First, as offensive tackle, before he moved to the position of tight ends in his final year of study. In 1973 he won with his team against the team from the University of Alabama to the Sugar Bowl. After the 24:23 victory for the Fighting Irish, the U.S. press said the team the national champion. This year, Casper also served as vice captain of the team and was All American and voted MVP of the Offense - Fighting Irish. In all three game years, he was honored by his college because of his athletic achievements. In 1974 he also played in the College All- Star Game and the Hula Bowl, a further selection game.


Dave Casper was selected by the trained by John Madden Oakland Raiders in 1974 in the second round of the NFL Draft at 45th place. Madden sat Casper as a tight end in the offense of the team a.

After the 1974 and 1975 season, Casper was defeated each in the AFC Championship game with 24:13 and 16:10 with the Raiders managed by the Chuck Noll Pittsburgh Steelers.

The series of playoff defeats ended for Casper in 1976. The team had just lost in the regular season one of 14 games and moved into the play-offs. Opponent in the Divisional play-off game were the New England Patriots, who could be defeated with just 24:21. Casper could catch four passes in the game for a space gain of 47 yards. In the AFC Championship Game, the team of John Madden scored again to the Steelers. The team led by Gene Upshaw, Ken Stabler and Willie Brown succeeded in revenge for the two previous final defeats and they won with 24:7. The counterparties in the following Super Bowl XI were the Minnesota Vikings. Casper caught four passes from quarterback Ken Stabler and wore a passport to a touchdown in the end zone of the Vikings. The team from Minnesota went with a 32:14 defeat from the square.

1977 was the Raiders do not defend their Super Bowl title. They met in the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos and left with a 20:17 defeat the playing field. Casper had convinced the game anyway. He caught five passes for a space gain of 71 yards and scored two touchdowns.

After the 1978 season Tom Flores took over the coaching reins at the Raiders. Stabler again moved in 1979 to the Houston Oilers and was replaced by Jim Plunkett. After the 1980 season, the Raiders again won the Super Bowl. Although Casper was transferred during the season from the Raiders to the Houston Oilers, he is led into the record books as the NFL Super Bowl winner. Ironically, in the wildcard play-off game of the American Football Conference ( AFC) met Casper with his new team on his former team out of Oakland. Although he was able to catch three passes of his quarterbacks Ken Stabler, he failed to prevent the 27:7 defeat the team from Houston.

The Oilers Casper could not go on his great successes. He moved into the 1983 season with the Minnesota Vikings in 1984 to finish his career with the Los Angeles Raiders.

After the career

Dave Casper had already successfully completed at the University of Notre Dame degree in economics. He's now in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, as a financial services provider.


Dave Casper played five times in the Pro Bowl and was elected four times to the All- Pro. Casper is a member of the NFL 1970s All- Decade Team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.