Born Sept. 19, 1978, David Byron Boston was a prep All-American receiver at Humble (Texas) High School in suburban Houston. As a senior, he was the Greater Houston Player of the Year after a season in which he caught 51 passes for 780 yards and eight touchdowns, totaled 88 tackles and 10 interceptions as a defensive back, and averaged 23 yards on kickoff returns and 17 yards on punt returns.
As a freshman, it didn't take Boston long to make an impact on Ohio State. He took him five games to finally break into the starting lineup, but after starting the year as the backup to Buster Tillman at split end, he earned a start and didn't give up his spot for the remainder of his career.
OSU fans first started to take notice of him in the 1996 season opener. During the Buckeyes' 70-7 rout of Rice, Boston gathered in a 58-yard touchdown pass on the first time he ever touched the ball. Later that season, during the Wisconsin game, he returned a punt 34 yards in the fourth quarter that set up the Buckeyes' winning touchdown.
Just five weeks later, Boston put on a receiving show with 13 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown against Indiana. The catch total allowed him to tie a 15-year-old record originally set by Gary Williams in 1981 for the most receptions in a single game by a Buckeye.
Boston's exploits helped Ohio State earn a share of the Big Ten championship and its first trip to the Rose Bowl in 12 years. Once he got to Pasadena, he played a huge role in the Buckeyes' 20-17 victory over Arizona State.
He caught a 9-yard pass from Stan Jackson in the first quarter to give OSU an early lead, then grabbed a 5-yard pitch from Joe Germaine with just 19 seconds left in the contest to provide the Buckeyes with their winning margin.
Boston finished his rookie college season with 33 catches, just eight off the OSU freshman record of 41 set by Cris Carter in 1984.
As a sophomore and junior, Boston continued only to get better and put up loftier numbers. During his junior year, he totaled 73 catches to break Carter's single-season record of 69 set in 1986. Also during that season, Boston established a new single-game mark when he gathered in 14 passes at Penn State during a 31-27 loss in Happy Valley.
The following season, he blew past his season totals from the year before, totaling 85 receptions for 1,435 yards and 14 TDs. The reception total and yardage figure remain OSU records while the touchdowns are second only to the 17 scores Terry Glenn had during the 1985 season.
Boston finished his record-setting junior season in style, torching Michigan for 10 catches, 231 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 31-16 win over the Wolverines, then catching 11 balls for 105 yards in OSU's 24-14 victory over Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. For his performance, Boston earned game MVP honors.
Following the Sugar Bowl performance, Boston announced that he would forego his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. But in just three years of action, he set or tied 12 different Ohio State receiving records and left with career marks for receptions (191), yardage (2,855) and touchdown catches (34). The reception and TD totals remain OSU records and the yardage mark held up until Michael Jenkins (2,898) edged him by 43 yards in 2003.
The Arizona Cardinals made Boston their first-round choice in the 1999 NFL draft and he caught a modest 40 receptions for 473 yards and two TDs as a rookie. The following year, he increased those totals to 71 catches for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns and set career marks in 2001 with 98 receptions for 1,598 yards and eight TDs.
He left the Cardinals following the 2002 season and signed a free-agent contract with San Diego, playing 14 games in '03 for the Chargers and accounting for 70 catches for 880 yards and seven TDs. Before the 2004 NFL season, he was traded to Miami and figured to be one of the Dolphins' big-play receivers, but ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee during training camp and missed the entire 2004 season.
He returned to the NFL in 2005 but in a greatly diminished role, playing only five games for the Dolphins that season. He has not played in the league since, giving him 315 catches for 4,699 yards and 25 TDs for his career. He also once had a streak of 62 consecutive games in which he caught at least one pass.
In April of this year, Boston attempted a pro football comeback when he signed with Toronto of the Canadian Football League. He played in the Argonauts' regular-season opener June 27, recording two receptions for 16 yards.
But after the game, he reported pain in his right foot – the site of a lingering stress fracture injury. Boston underwent surgery on the foot and will be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks.
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