Steelers sack David Klingler 10 times in NFL debut
Just two years into Mike Brown’s reign of Cincinnati Bengals owner, this card of then rookie quarterback David Klinger is latterly worth a 1,000 words.
The first-round rookie quarterback that Brown has obsessed was thrust into the starting line-up way too early. In his first NFL start against division rival, Pittsburgh Steelers, Klingler was running for his life.
Without an adequate offensive line to protect him, this 1993 Upper Deck card captured one of the Steelers’ all out blitz. On the day, the Steelers recoded 10 sacks of Klingler in old Riverfront Stadium. With Boomer Esiason on the sideline, Klingler completed 16 of 34 passes for 140 yards in the Steelers 21-9 win.
Klingler, who wore No. 15 until Esiason was traded to the New York Jets after the 1992 season, was unable to help head coach David Shula’s club reach the end zone for the third straight game.
The Bengals ended up their 25th season with a 5-11 record. Cincinnati was 4-7 before benching Esiason in favor of the University of Houston product.
Klingler threw just 21 touchdowns for the Bengals in four seasons. When he was forced out of the line-up in 1995 due to an injury he was on the way out of Cincinnati after the emergence of Jeff Blake. He moved on to the Oakland Raiders where he served as the backup quarterback for two seasons. In 1998, he signed with the Green Bay Packers to back up Brett Favre, but he was cut before the season started.
After retiring, Klinger enrolled in the Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a master’s degree in theology and then went on to pursue his PhD.