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After growing up in the Houston area and attending the University of Houston on a football scholarship, David became one of the most prolific passers in NCAA history. His collegiate success led to his selection as the sixth pick in the first round of the 1992 NFL draft. David retired from the National Football League in 1998 after six seasons as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders.

In the summer after his rookie season in the NFL, David attended a summer Bible study. After the study, the teacher exhorted David to quit football and go to seminary. Over the years, the teacher of the Bible study and David became great friends, yet the teacher’s exhortation was always the same…“Go to seminary!”


"Directing a football team down
the field pales in comparison."



In 2000, David’s life took a new direction. After continual prodding, David applied to Dallas Theological Seminary. Since then David has graduated from DTS…twice! Now 10 years later, Dr. David Klingler is the Executive Director of the DTS Houston Campus and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies.

"What’s at stake in leading students is not first downs and touchdowns, but life and death, true victory and defeat."