Dale Markham

Dale Markham
No. 62, 72, 79, 80
Position: Tackle, Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-07-24)July 24, 1957
Place of birth: Whitewater, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Whitewater High School
College: North Dakota
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 11 / Pick: 287
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 1981
Games played: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dale Markham was a player in the National Football League for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in 1980 and 1981 as a tackle and defensive end. He played at the collegiate level at the University of North Dakota.

Early Years

Markham was born Dale John Markham on July 24, 1957 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.[1]

College career

He played football at the University of North Dakota. During his college career he played on the defensive line and wore jersey number 80. He graduated with a degree in industrial technology in 1980.

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 11th round of the 1980 NFL Draft.[2] Markham was then released by the Chiefs on August 25, 1980.[3]

New York Giants

Markham signed with the New York Giants on December 3, 1980.[4] He would see his first NFL action on Sunday, December 21, 1980 in a home game played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey against the Oakland Raiders.[5] He was later released by the Giants on June 23, 1981.

Second stint with Kansas City Chiefs

Markham was claimed on procedural waivers by the Chiefs on July 17, 1981 and then was released on August 3, 1981.[6] During this period, he would briefly rejoin his college teammate and friend, Todd Thomas as a member of the Chiefs' roster. They remain as the only two players from North Dakota ever drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, Markham was the first in 1980 and Thomas followed him a year later in 1981.[7]

St. Louis Cardinals

On August 8, 1981 the Cardinals signed Markham off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs and then released him on August 25, 1981.[8] He was re-signed on December 10, 1981 and played in their final two games of the 1981 season. These games included a home game against his former team, the New York Giants and on December 20, 1981, his final regular season game as an NFL player, a road game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1982, he reported to the Cardinals' Training Camp, at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, but was released as part of the final cuts on September 6, 1982.[9]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On September 14, 1982, Markham was placed on a 14-day trial with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[10] This would temporarily reunite Markham with college teammates, running back Milson Jones and defensive tackle Stan Mikawos, both of whom were North Dakota alumni and on the 1982 Blue Bombers roster.

Oakland Invaders

Markham signed with the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League on January 26, 1983 and went on to play in 54 regular season and four playoff games between 1983 and 1985. He was just one of nine players from the Invaders' inaugural March 6, 1983 roster that would still be around during the 1985 season.[11] During his tenure with the Invaders, he played tackle and wore jersey number 72.[12] On July 14, 1985, Markham played in the 1985 championship game held at Giants Stadium, the last USFL game ever played.[13]

Green Bay Packers

Markham attended the Packers’ training camp in 1985. On August 17, 1985 he returned to a familiar venue, Giants Stadium to play in a Saturday night exhibition game against his former team, the New York Giants. Notable was the fact that only 34-days earlier he played in the USFL championship game at this same location.[14] The Green Bay Packers released Markham on August 28, 1985.[15]

See also


  1. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MarkDa20.htm
  2. 1980 NFL Draft
  3. Chiefs cut 6 players, waive 2 more Daily Union, August 26, 1980, accessed January 31, 2012
  4. Ailing Giants add five players Record-Journal, December 4, 1980, accessed January 31, 2012
  5. Oakland Raiders at New York Giants, Dec 21, 1980, accessed February 2, 2012
  6. Balzer, Howard (1985). USFL Guide and Register, p. 318. The Sporting News., ISBN 0-89204-185-4.
  7. North Dakota Draft Picks, accessed February 2, 2012
  8. Cardinals sign 2 kickers; sell ex-'Husker to Bears St. Joseph Gazette, August 4, 1981, accessed January 31, 2012
  9. Transactions,The Southeast Missourian, September 8, 1982, accessed January 31, 2012
  10. Transactions The Weekend Sun, September 14, 1982, accessed January 31, 2012
  11. Oakland Invaders All-Time Roster
  12. Dale Markham JerseyDataBase.com, accessed February 1, 2012
  13. 1985 USFL Championship Game Starting Lineups, accessed February 1, 2012
  14. Markham Gets Opportunity With His Favorite Team Milwaukee Journal, August 18, 1985, accessed January 31, 2012
  15. Packers cut 3, accessed February 2, 2012

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