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RIP Dave Te

uncledave : 10/15/2020 4:02 pm
It is with a heavy heart that I deliver the news of Dave Te's passing yesterday. I know some of the "old guys" of BBI would want to know this update so I figured I would share.

He always appreciated the interactions he had with BBI fans each year leading up to the draft. A great source of insights and information, never asking anything in return.

For those who didn't know him I'll provide some background on his story.

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, growing up as a loyal Giants fan.

His uncle was in the NBA's scouting department when he was very young. He developed a grading system to scout college football prospects (when he was a teenager) which caught the eye of the NFL. He was then brought in to help their internal scouting operations.

He ended up starting his own outside consulting service (Scouting Services, Inc.) which provided in-depth player reports to the NFL and it's franchises for decades. His early iterations were called the Poor Man's Guide to Scouting.

He notably started this business by handing out this guide on the streets of NYC outside of the draft (when it was at Radio City). Later on this catalog of information became known as the NFL Draft Report.

Not very long ago he sold his business to one of the largest sports agencies, CAA. He had been freelancing with various franchises since.

Dave Te was well known for his football acumen on this forum but he also specialized in scouting for baseball, basketball, and hockey.

He was an incredible scout and an even better man. He will be sincerely missed.

I know some BBI users liked to give Dave Te a hard time when he occasionally messed up a name or stat in his later years. My hope is that we can keep this post civilized out of respect for all he did for this community.

Thank you.
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Sorry to hear of his passing  
Dunedin81 : 10/15/2020 7:24 pm : link
Always enjoyed his contributions, going back a quarter-century
DanMetroMan : 10/15/2020 7:27 pm : link
He added SO much free information on this site. Is it inappropriate to ask if anyone knows the origin of his unusual name? I apologize if that question is offensive. I always meant to ask him and never did
RIP, really enjoyed reading his stuff here  
Platos : 10/15/2020 7:37 pm : link
That’s awful news  
djm : 10/15/2020 7:45 pm : link
Sorry to hear. Seems every day we lose someone around here. RIP Dave.
Matt in SGS : 10/15/2020 7:54 pm : link
In comment 15010040 DanMetroMan said:
He added SO much free information on this site. Is it inappropriate to ask if anyone knows the origin of his unusual name? I apologize if that question is offensive. I always meant to ask him and never did

Dan, I believe his name was Dave Thomas. The Te was for Tight End because that was his position specialty as a scout. So he went by Dave Te.
So sorry to hear this news.  
81_Great_Dane : 10/15/2020 8:08 pm : link
He was appreciated by so many of us here and I believe he also guested on podcasts, so he was known to many more. I hope there's a way to express the condolences of BBI as a community.
OBJRoyal : 10/15/2020 8:10 pm : link
Loved his draft reports and interactions at draft time. Will be missed around here for sure
I’ve been on this site for awhile but just started posting g recently  
Bleedblue10 : 10/15/2020 8:12 pm : link
I vaguely remember reading his stuff. Even though I didn’t know him personally, It’s always sad when anyone passes. To all of his friends and family I am very sorry for your loss. From a fellow Giants fan, may he rest in peace
Another reason to hate 2020  
uconngiant : 10/15/2020 8:17 pm : link
RIP Dave TE and may God give comfort to his family and loved one's
JohnG in Albany : 10/15/2020 8:21 pm : link
So sad to hear.

Peace to his family and friends.
Jeez, another gut punch  
Greg from LI : 10/15/2020 8:24 pm : link
I never interacted with Dave much but I always appreciated his insights. Very sorry to hear this news.
bc4life : 10/15/2020 8:26 pm : link
Always appreciated his insights. Very gracious with his time.
Wow. That’s sad  
Steve L : 10/15/2020 9:06 pm : link
He’s been a great contributor for a long time.

I wish him and his family peace and love.
RIP Dave Te  
BurberryManning : 10/15/2020 9:09 pm : link
Great poster
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 10/15/2020 9:19 pm : link
He added so much to this site when it came to quality draft stuff. Always checked out his take on a prospect and compared it with the other "scouts" on the internet. Great BBIer.
Dave has been an institution around here for years.  
Poktown Pete : 10/15/2020 9:29 pm : link
A great source of knowledge and player evaluations that we all valued so much at draft time. What a loss to BBI. Thank you Dave. God Bless.
Very sad..  
Sean : 10/15/2020 9:39 pm : link
I appreciated his contributions here.
RIP Dave.  
smshmth8690 : 10/15/2020 9:42 pm : link
Oh no  
Jim in Forest Hills : 10/15/2020 9:42 pm : link
Always generous with his information. RIP Dave.
Sorry to read this...  
KingBlue : 10/15/2020 9:48 pm : link
Dave is a big loss to the The Corner Forum. He was a big contributor during the offseason, often when there was alot of redundancy on the site. He was informative, opinionated, and always interesting. He will be missed...

RIP Dave.
Condolences to Dave and his Family  
beatrixkiddo : 10/15/2020 10:08 pm : link
I really enjoyed Dave’s contributions here in the off season (my favorite time to tune in to BBI). Loved the work he and Sy do on the draft and reading them each give their own opinions on draft prospects whether they agreed or not, it was always great reading. I know Dave was really heartbroken over losing the he love of his life in his wife and I’m glad he no longer has to carry that burden anymore. I will miss his podcasts and contributions, his sense of humor, sucks. RIP buddy.
Wow- Sorry to hear  
giantstock : 10/15/2020 10:16 pm : link
A gentleman.

I'm so sorry -
RIP Dave  
Stu11 : 10/15/2020 10:28 pm : link
What a great contributor. His draft analysis and scouting was a highlight of the site every year. He will be sorely missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.
Enjoyed his content  
Southern Man : 10/15/2020 11:58 pm : link
...loved his enthusiasm. RIP Dave
Wow that sucks  
chopperhatch : 10/16/2020 12:11 am : link
RIP Dave
RIP Dave  
Optimus-NY : 10/16/2020 12:16 am : link
Saddened to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends. I loved his enthusiasm and history with the draft. He loved what he did, which not many people can say. He'll be missed :-(
More terrible news  
Paulie Walnuts : 10/16/2020 1:06 am : link
RIP dave
This is terrible news  
Allen in CNJ : 10/16/2020 5:36 am : link
I always loved reading Dave's analysis here. May he RIP, and condolences to his family and friends!
I am sorry to hear this news.  
Giant John : 10/16/2020 5:40 am : link
RIP Dave and thank you for making BBI a better place.
Wow, that’s awful.  
Crispino : 10/16/2020 7:06 am : link
May God bless Dave and all who loved him. A real blow to the football IQ of this site.
Sorry to hear that. He was a knowledgeable and fun poster.  
Victor in CT : 10/16/2020 7:22 am : link
very sad news.
His podcast was a staple for me during  
aimrocky : 10/16/2020 7:34 am : link
The early weeks of the pandemic. 2020 really does suck.
Very sad to hear this news. RIP Dave Te  
Giants Fan in Steelers Land : 10/16/2020 7:42 am : link
I really enjoyed listening to him on podcasts
Ugh. Awful.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 10/16/2020 8:36 am : link
He was a very informative poster & came across like a good guy. RIP.
RIP Dave Te  
johnnyb : 10/16/2020 8:42 am : link
I always enjoyed reading his posts around draft time. He and Sy both provided great insight come draft time. His contributions will be missed.
Sorry to hear this  
RollBlue : 10/16/2020 8:42 am : link
I conversed with Dave a few years back in regards to his love of classic Corvettes.
His posts were worth reading  
ATL_Giants : 10/16/2020 9:08 am : link
Dave Te definitely helped make BBI a worthwhile read.
Rest in Peace brother.
so sad...I enjoyed his contributions to BBI  
Jints in Carolina : 10/16/2020 9:26 am : link
R.I.P. Dave.

2020 can end any day now as far as I'm concerned.
crick n NC : 10/16/2020 9:36 am : link
Unfortunate news. RIP.
So sad to hear of Dave Te's passing  
RiffRaff : 10/16/2020 10:29 am : link
I enjoyed his Draft pod casts with Sy'56. They were very informative and fun to listen to.

He will be missed. RIP Dave!!! Go Giants!!!
DanMetroMan : 10/16/2020 10:52 am : link
In comment 15010063 Matt in SGS said:
In comment 15010040 DanMetroMan said:


He added SO much free information on this site. Is it inappropriate to ask if anyone knows the origin of his unusual name? I apologize if that question is offensive. I always meant to ask him and never did

Dan, I believe his name was Dave Thomas. The Te was for Tight End because that was his position specialty as a scout. So he went by Dave Te.

Thanks Matt! I was always kind of curious.
RIP Dave  
NY2Carolina : 10/16/2020 12:40 pm : link
2020, enough when will it stop
Very sad to hear  
j_rud : 10/16/2020 4:52 pm : link
Enjoyed his work and appreciated his willingness to share info with us. The one thing that always stuck out to me was his passion for what he was doing. You could tell that this was a guy who had a ton of passion for what he did. Godspeed Dave.
I will miss his rapid fire analysis.  
solarmike : 10/16/2020 5:09 pm : link
From an article a decade ago: CSC Interview: Dave-Te' Thomas, Scout - ( New Window )
adamg : 10/16/2020 5:54 pm : link
Quite a fucking year
God Speed  
Angus : 10/16/2020 9:11 pm : link
RE: Can this get a sticky?  
myquealer : 10/16/2020 9:28 pm : link
In comment 15010032 Reale01 said:
He contributed a lot to the site and although I think there was a recent falling out - I would like to think that we can rise above it. RIP.

He can't get a sticky, or even an acknowledgement from the mods, he dared to end one of his posts with something like "vote blue".
RIP Dave Te  
Moondawg : 10/17/2020 8:21 am : link
He was a fixture around here and will be missed.

If uncledave or anybody else planned on saving this thread or copying it to give to Dave Te's family, you might want to copy it soon.

If I were to explain why, it might hasten the process of it's being deleted.
RIP Dave  
TyreeHelmet : 10/17/2020 9:39 am : link
I always loved reading his reports. Seemed like a truly nice guy. Rest In Peace.
adamg : 10/18/2020 1:50 am : link
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