Over his eleven year career, all with the New York Giants, the versatile Diehl played every position along the offensive line, but center. Most notably, Diehl played left tackle for the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams.
Diehl talked of his decision to retire from a family standpoint, "It’s not very easy for my daughter to talk about me retiring and not playing football. The Giants are just as much family to her as they are to me. She’s been going to the games and at seven years old, she understands everything. She understands the game and the players and how important it is to play in the NFL. For her, my stepping away from something she loves as much as I do is not an easy thing.”
This season, Diehl had to undergo surgery on his thumb late in the preseason, and upon his return, he was placed at the right guard spot, next to rookie Justin Pugh, the new right tackle. Ironically, Pugh was the first rookie, since you guessed it, Diehl, to play in all sixteen regular season games.
And while Pugh was expected to be an integral part of the offensive line in this, his rookie campaign, Diehl was the exact opposite. As a fifth round pick of the New York Giants in the 2003 NFL draft, Diehl was no lock to even make the squad, but through hard work and determination, he became a focal point on the offensive line for the G-men. In fact, Diehl started the first 120 games of his NFL career, a streak that was snapped in 2010.
In the off season, Diehl has worked in various media outlets, most likely leading to future opportunities for him in television or radio. No player personified what it means to be a New York Giant more than David Diehl, and his absence will be felt in New York's locker room.