LMC standout ends professional career

Dave Tollefson was not household name during his time in the NFL, but the Los Medanos alum retired as a two-time Super Bowl Champion from his time with the New York Giants.
Tollefson attended LMC in 1999 and 2000 before moving on to Fresno State where injuries caused him to never play football.  He eventually made his way to Northwest Missouri State University where again dealt with an injury before he played his final two years of college eligibility in 2004 and 2005.
In his first season for NWSU he was selected as second team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association after starting 12 of the team’s 14 games at defensive end.
In 2005 he broke out and racked up the honors.
He was named team defensive team MVP, selected first team All-MIAA, was named College-division All-American First-team by the American Football Coaches Association and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award that is given to the best defensive lineman from small colleges.
The Greenbay Packer drafted him with the 253 pick of the 2006 NFL draft, but did not make the team.  He was placed on the practice squad until the Oakland Raiders signed him, but he did not make the team in Oakland either.
When he was signed off  the Raiders practice squad on Oct. 2, 2007, he found a new home  in New York.
“They gave me the shot. If it wasn’t for what they did for me, who knows where I’d be now,” he said of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, front office and ownership in an interview with Giants beat writer Michael Eisen.
Tollefson was a key special teams player and a role player on the defensive line.
He ended his career with only 62 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, but most importantly, two Super Bowl rings.
Now that his career is over he is not sure what he will do yet, but he has to have surgeries to heal his body.
For now, he’s just enjoying his time with his children.