Name: Dave Lindstrom
Position: Defensive End
How Acquired: Waivers (San Diego – 1978)
Career: 1977 – 1985
College: Boston University
Birth Date: November 16, 1955
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Employer: DML, Inc.
Dave enjoyed a nine-year stadium tour with the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 1977 NFL draft. He played in San Diego for one year before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a defensive end for the 1978 season. His service to the Chiefs was invaluable to the cohesiveness of the defensive line. He played in 89 consecutive games for the Chiefs and started 30. His career totals in Kansas City are 118 games, 30 starts, 205 tackles, 13 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. He retired from the Chiefs in 1986.
A son of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lindstrom is a 1976 graduate of Boston University with a degree in education. Lindstrom was inducted into both the Boston University Hall of Fame and Massachusetts High School Hall of Fame in 1993.
While playing for the Chiefs, during the off season, Lindstrom gained a hands-on education in the business world. He joined the local firm Kessinger-Hunter, based in Kansas City, and worked as a commercial real estate associate and also worked as a registered NASD Broker for Yarmouth Brokerage. From 1987 to 2011, he owned and operated Burger King ® restaurants – located in Overland Park and Louisburg, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.
Lindstrom has long been politically active. He is serving a third term on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Prior to his service to the Commission, Lindstrom was the Republican nominee for Kansas’ Lieutenant Governor in 2002.
Today, Dave manages his Real Estate business and is very active in the community. Beyond his success as a professional athlete, businessman, and public servant—is a passion for people and for helping others and giving back to his community that has led to a long record of civic and charitable work. From 1993 to 1995, he chaired the Kansas Special Olympics. In 1995, he received a Distinguished Service Award and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1998. In 1999, Lindstrom was honored as the Leadership Kansas Alumnus of the Year. He previously served as a board member of the Johnson County Community College Foundation and in 1989; he founded the Kansas City Sports Walk of Stars. Currently, he serves on the Boards of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission, the Overland Park Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation, the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita and the Kansas Arts Commission. Lindstrom takes great pride in being a part of these community efforts, which are a key source of inspiration that fuels his passion for public and community service.
A resident of Overland Park, Lindstrom has lived in Johnson County since 1979. He and Mary, his wife of 33 years, are the proud parents of two daughters, Halee and Adrienne.