After working summer camps with the NFL's Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, David spent the next 35 years as the athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers. During his time with the Pacers, David was part of two ABA championship teams. He was the first president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association and in 1993 won the organization's "Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year" Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame. He served as the athletic trainer for the Eastern Conference in the 1985 and 1996 NBA All-Star Games. In 2001, he won the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. In 2003, he was named the recipient of the Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award and served as the athletic trainer for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.

David received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University. In 2004, he served as one of the athletic trainers for the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team in Greece and continues to work with several USOC teams, collegiate, professional athletes as well as the general public. David was also honored as a distinguished "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Governor of Indiana.

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