DAVID LEE

This is a copy of David Lee's Rookie Football Card. As #49 he appeared in
perhaps the most famous Super Bowl ever played. Has any other MHS athlete
appeared in a Super Bowl?

Compliments of Tom Carey, Class of 1965

As #49 of the Baltimore Colts David led the NFL for many years with the best punting average.  He is the only? graduate from MHS who has appeared in a Super Bowl as his team was in what has been described by many as the most important game in NFL history, the Joe Namath game. (Our Thanks to Dr.  T. D. Carey for sending us a copy of these baseball cards for  our history.)


David Lee (Baltimore Colts)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia by Billy Hathorn


David Allen Lee (born 1943) played football for the former Baltimore Colts and subsequently retired from a career as a General Motors executive in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana. He accumulated several sports records in punting for the Colts in a 12-year career from 1966 until 1978.

Lee was born to Roy Lee (1916-1994) and the former Hazel Braley (1919-2007). He grew up in the small town of Minden, the seat of Webster Parish, some thirty miles east of Shreveport. The family home at the intersection of Goodwill and Ash streets was only a short walk from the Minden High School stadium, then a relatively new structure, where Lee made his first successful mark in football between 1957 and 1960. Not only was he All-District and All-State in football in his senior year, the fall of 1960, but he excelled similarly in basketball (1958-1961), baseball (1959-1961), and track (1958-1961). He was also elected by his peers to the Student Council during his senior year.

Upon his 1961 graduation from Minden High School, Lee enrolled on a football scholarship at Louisiana Tech University (then Louisiana Polytechnic Institute), located some forty miles east of Minden in Ruston, the seat of Lincoln Parish. Similarly successful in college football, the tall, ectomorphic Lee excelled in punting. After graduation from college, he joined the Colts. As a rookie, Lee won the National Football League punting title.

In 1969, the Colts lost Super Bowl III to the New York Jets, but Lee again won the NFL punting title. In 1971, the year in which the Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl V, Lee uncorked a 76-yard punt, the longest in Colts history.

In 1973, Lee's friend, the Colts' quarterback John Unitas, went to the San Diego Chargers after concluding his Baltimore career as the NFLís all-time leader in passing yardage. Six years after Lee retired from the Colts, the team relocated to Indianapolis.

During his sports career, Lee was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and often gave motivational lectures to young people attempting to develop their athletic abilities.

Lee is married to the former Sandra Harper (born 1945), his high school cheerleader and sweetheart. The Lees reside in Bossier City in Bossier Parish east of Shreveport. They have a son, Jared Harper Lee (born 1971), who resides in Plano, Texas, with his wife, Heather A. Lee (born 1974). Lee has a younger brother, Danny Roy Lee (born 1953), of Minden, who played high school and college football. He has a sister, Denece Lee Thibodeaux (born 1955), married to Charles E. Thibodeaux (born 1951), of Houston. A second sister, Diane Lee Doss, is deceased.

Lee was among four outstanding sports figures from his hometown of Minden during the 1960s. Charlie T. Hennigan (born 1935), originally from Bienville Parish, graduated from Minden High School in 1953 and played for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches prior to joining the newly-created Houston Oilers in 1960.The somewhat dimunitive Fred Haynes (1946-2006), a 1964 Minden High School graduate, became a champion college player at LSU, where he was affectionately known as the "Littlest Tiger." Larry Brewer (born 1948), a 1966 graduate of Minden High School, went on to play for Louisiana Tech as a teammate of Terry Bradshaw. He joined the Atlanta Falcons after college graduation but was unable to meet the commitment because of an injury. Brewer became a certified public accountant and worked in hospital management until he drowned in 2003 while on a family vacation in Hawaii.
 

David Lee graduated from MHS in 1961 and LA Tech in 1965.  He was first signed to a Cleveland Browns NFL contract in the house of W.A. and Schump Jones of Ruston, Bert Jones' parents. David played a year at Cleveland and then went to Baltimore. When he kicked, the football looked like a raindrop at the highest point. One could barely see the ball it was so high.

Note:  David and Sandra Lee have two children, Jared and Whitney Lee.   Whitney Lee Nolan resides in Jasper, Georgia with her husband Roger.  Whitney is a school administrator and Roger is a coach and teacher per  Chuck Liles.