On September 4, 2016, David Telp, Jr., 22, of Red Lion, Pa., passed away following a motorcycle accident.
Telp was full of life in his all-too-brief time in this world, as he was known for playing football and lacrosse, and doing James Brown-esque splits.
“David was literally the definition of living your life like today was your last day,” former Hanover Rhinos teammate Charles Smith said. “He was a big kid at heart, he was dangerous on the field. He always looked out for family and those who had his back, regardless. He had a big heart.”
“He hit like a mack truck and he was fearless on the field,” Rhinos owner, and Telp’s former head coach, Adam Bostian said.
On the field, Telp was intense, but he was also good at keeping everyone loose with his goofy antics.
From 2014-15, Telp teamed up with his older brother Marquiss Jackson on the Rhinos football team.
“We loved playing together,” Jackson said. “Knowing he played behind me, we knew how each other played, just like with DeAnte (Weldon). When I was tight end and he was running back, he had a lot of big runs because I was making sure he wasn’t getting hit, and David played outside linebacker, safety and defensive end, but when he played outside linebacker and I played defensive end, he would play off me. Loved it, man. That’s a good feeling, playing with family in a sport you all love.”
Telp recorded 12 tackles during the 2015 regular season, and added 4 more in the playoff game against the Harrisburg Sharks.
“We were all a family,” Jackson said. “Me, (David), my cousin DeAnte, and close friend Charles Smith were the goofballs of the team, also the hot heads.”
“Me and David grew up fighting each other at family functions, not knowing all the time that it made us closer,” Weldon said. “Yeah, he’s my cousin, but we carried each other like brothers. The last season we played together was the funniest. He was the only person who knew how to get me mad or hype me up to make a big play. We were each other’s battery. We knew each other’s limits.”
As a starting defensive end for Red Lion High School as a junior in 2010, Telp recorded 41 tackles and 6 sacks. The Lions reached the PIAA class AAAA district III championship game that season.
He also played lacrosse for the Lions.
A few years later, Telp, a teammate of Smith on the Shake N’ Bake flag football team of York, was given the nickname “Black Diesel”. The nickname stuck all throughout his time with the Rhinos.
Telp’s goofiness carried over into his Madden rivalry with Weldon.
“He killed me when we played Madden and he would have a whole team of created players,” Weldon laughed as he remembered the games fondly. “I used to be mad as hell. I’m thinking I’m about to go bust his ass and he got 11 men on the field that I never heard of.”
“All his nicknames!,” Weldon said.
“Asap, Krazyhead, Telp, if we were lucky, he would put me and Marquiss on the team. I just used to ask like, yo where do you find the time to create all these people.”
Telp always used the Seahawks and Panthers on the virtual football game, but had trouble beating Weldon, according to DeAnte.
“He would find a way to (expletive) up and lose, and hurry up and quit, so I couldn’t gloat about the win,” Weldon said.
Telp received football scholarship offers from several schools, including Temple and Cincinnati.
More than just an athlete, Telp also was heavily involved raising money for children with cancer through Mini-Thon.
“The list goes on and on (of people he touched). David was the brother everyone never had,” Smith said.