David DeCastro is a guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He played college football for Stanford University, and earned All-American honors. The Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, where he was considered one of the best guards prospects available.
DeCastro was born in Kirkland, Washington. Of South African descent, DeCastro grew up in Bellevue, where he attended Bellevue High School, where he was teammates with former NFL Chargers and Seahawks offensive guard Stephen Schilling. He grew up a Seahawks fan, idolizing Steve Hutchinson.
Also a standout athlete, DeCastro competed for the school’s track & field team as a shot putter. He got a top-throw of 17.93 meters at the 2008 Washington 3A-4A State T&F Championship, winning the event. He also competed in the discus (top-throw of 37.24 meters). Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com he was listed as the No. 11 center in the class of 2008. He chose Stanford over offers from Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State.
DeCastro started all 39 games at the right guard position during his three-year career with Stanford. DeCastro is a two-time first team all-conference selection and an unanimous All-America selection in 2011. DeCastro’s blocking skills in the run game helped Stanford amass three of the top four single-season rushing totals in school history. He also helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just 24 sacks over a three-year span (2009-11). DeCastro’s pass protection aided quarterback Andrew Luck who established school career records for passing efficiency, completion percentage and touchdowns.
DeCastro is rarely moved in pass protection and dominates as a run blocker with technical precision, toughness and intelligence. He’s at his best on the move because of his nifty footwork and agility, pulling to lead in the running game, and plays every down with the intent to bury a defender.
In the 2014 season, David DeCastro started at right guard in all 16 regular-season games. The talented lineman made his postseason debut starting at right guard in the AFC Wild Card Game vs. Baltimore.
In 2015 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, David DeCastro started in all regular season games and was elected to his first NFL Pro Bowl.
In 2016, DeCastro started all 16 regular season games and brought his consecutive games played streak to 56 in-a-row. The Pittsburgh Steelers finished first in the AFC North finishing with 11-5 record. They went on to defeat the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wildcard, the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional, and lost the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line was ranked the third best by Pro Football Focus, with DeCastro being ranked as the Steeler’s top run blocker. He was named to his second straight Pro Bowl for the 2016 season.
The featured black and gray nike gloves were worn in practice by David DeCastro as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. DeCastro has signed the gloves in black and they show good use! Although the gloves are the same style, they are from two different pairs.