71 Days: A Look Back at All-American Dave Gallagher

We continue the countdown with our look at #71 All-American Dave Gallagher. Here are some of his highlights and achievements:


  • Sophomore All-American team in 1971
  • Co-Captain of the Michigan football team as a Senior in 1973
  • As a Senior, he made 83 tackles
  • First Team All-American in 1973 as a Senior
  • Selected to 2 All-Big Ten Academic squad
  • Received the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame scholarship for postgraduates


  • Was selected in the 1st round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he played for 1 season
  • Played for the New York Giants from 1975-1976
  • Played for the Detroit Lions from 1978-1979
  • Recorded 51 games played in 5 seasons he played
  • 1 forced fumble and 6 recoveries

Life after Football

  • During the off-seasons of the NFL, he attended medical school at the University of Michigan.
  • Currently, he resides in Indiana as an established surgeon.
  • One of his reasons why he chose Michigan back in the day was because “It was hard in those days for anyone to say ‘No” to Coach Schembechler.”
  • Dr. Gallagher also coached youth football in his hometown.

True fans know his name and many place him on their All-Michigan team for good reason. He was noted as “One of the finest defensive tackles ever to play at Michigan” as well as making the list of 100 Greatest Michigan Football Players of All-Time by Motown Sports.

Go Blue!

TWD Staff

Stories contributed by staff members of The Wolverine Daily.

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