Former NFL offensive lineman David Douglas dies at 52

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – David Douglas, a former offensive lineman who played five seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 52 years old.

Douglas’ wife, Karla Douglas, said Monday that her husband died of brain cancer Saturday at their home in Maryville, Tennessee. She said Douglas had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

Douglas, selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the eighth round of the 1986 draft, played with the Bengals from 1986-88 and the New England Patriots from 1989-90. He was part of the 1988 Bengals team that reached the Super Bowl.

He played collegiately at Tennessee and lettered in 1984 and 1985 after arriving as a walk-on. He was a starter on the 1985 Tennessee team that won the Southeastern Conference title and defeated Miami in the Sugar Bowl.