David Stubbefield was a former professional football player who played defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers from 1993 to 1997. During his time with the team, he earned recognition as NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1997.
Prosecutors reported that Stubblefield killed his neighbor, 77-year-old Benjamin Roybal, after an argument over the price of a space heater in March 2017. He then allegedly used pepper spray to spray him and shot him dead, according to prosecutors.
Early Life and Education
Early years in a child’s life are critical for their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development. These abilities lay the groundwork for future educational successes, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities and successful parenting.
Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teachers. They teach them how to speak, walk, and feed themselves properly.
Children are educated in classrooms, where they apply what their parents have taught them to a practical setting and interact with others. This type of education provides children with the most beneficial lessons, often leading to an enthusiasm for learning that lasts a lifetime.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO emphasize the critical role early childhood education plays in improving people’s quality of life and country’s future competitiveness. It contributes to improvements in prosperity, social inclusion and economic development at national levels.
David Stubblefield began his professional career in the insurance industry. He joined Sanford & Tatum in 2004 and is licensed to write property and casualty policies.
He serves as pastor and minister at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Ohio where he has held various positions such as Sunday school teacher and choir member.
In 2021, he served as wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator at Penn State. During that time, he coached third-team All-American wide receiver Jahan Dotson – a Biletnikoff Award finalist and Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist.
Stubblefield was also the wide receivers coach at Utah from 2015-16, helping develop three receivers into NFL stars: Kaelin Clay, Dres Anderson and Tim Patrick.
Achievements and Honors
David Stubblefield is an esteemed doctor dedicated to public health. He advocates for the creation of cancer rehabilitation and survivorship programs, believing they are essential in aiding patients in regaining their quality of life.
He holds an impressive array of academic and leadership credentials, including a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Master’s in Physical Therapy. Furthermore, he has considerable research experience in oncology, pain management and palliative care.
He is currently the Medical Officer for both Northern and Northwestern Public Health Districts, having practiced pediatrics for 14 years. In this capacity, he enjoys developing meaningful connections with children, parents and families alike.
David Stubbefield is a renowned professional football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in 1993. Throughout his nine-season NFL career, he served as an integral part of their success during the 1990s.
He was renowned for his defensive prowess, as well as being an outstanding teammate. When not on duty, he enjoyed playing golf and camping.
David Stubblefield was an exemplary churchgoer who served his community well. A member of First Baptist Church in Hammond, IL since 1984 and a Sunday school teacher for over two decades, Stubblefield also worked as a bus driver and jail ministry worker. Most importantly, David was proud dad to Jackson and Audrey, uncle to Amy Hiller (Eric), Abby, Emma and Isabelle as well as great-uncle to Otto and Nathanael.
Stubblefield began his professional football career in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers as their first round pick in 1993 and played for them for 11 years.
He led the team with 10.5 sacks during his rookie year, followed by 8.5 the following season. Stubblefield earned two appearances in the Pro Bowl (1994 and 1995) as well as being named 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press.
After retiring from the NFL, he worked as an assistant coach for various programs including Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Additionally, he served as wide receivers coach at Utah.