John Tyler’s David Warren Was the Face of Cujo’s Golden Era
When thinking back on the glory days of John Tyler football in the 1990s, several things come to mind.
There's the 1994 classic between JT and Plano East, which ended with Rod Dunn's improbable kickoff return after the Lions squandered a 24-point, fourth-quarter lead. And of course there's the 16-0 run to the state title that same year.
Perhaps the player who epitomized "Cujo" more than anyone during the mid 90s, was defensive end David Warren. He was simply a man among boys.
He did most of his damage on the defensive side of the ball, but made his fair share of big plays in the passing game at tight end.
In 1996, Warren was named the USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year. During his high school career, Warren racked up 31 sacks and blocked an astounding 19 kicks. He was twice the state's Defensive Player of the Year.
Warren was among the most coveted recruits in the nation as a senior, the consensus top defensive lineman in the country. He eventually deciding to leave the state to join Bobby Bowden at Florida State when the Seminoles were among the top programs in the nation.
With Warren, along with a host of other future NFL defensive linemen, Florida State played in three consecutive national championship games from 1998-2000.
After battling through injuries during his collegiate career, Warren went undrafted. He signed contracts with the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders, but never played a down in the NFL.