David Bakhtiari is an offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. He played college football at Colorado, and was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was born in San Mateo, California and attended Junípero Serra High School, where he lettered two years in football and lacrosse, being named a team captain during his second year.
Coming out of high school, Bakhtiari was six-feet-four-inches tall and weighed 266 pounds and was ranked only as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. In a 2009 interview Bakhtiari commented: “People come up to me and go, ‘Oh, you’re only a two-star’. But I don’t really care what my ranking is. All that matters is how you do when you put on the pads.”
Bakhtiari attended the University of Colorado, and majored in Communications while playing for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 2009 to 2012. In January 2013, Bakhtiari announced that he had opted to forgo his senior season at Colorado and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, where the Green Bay Packers selected Bakhtiari in the fourth round, (109th overall). On November 15, 2020, the Packers signed Bakhtiari to a four-year contract extension that would make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. In this latest NFL season, he was also selected for the 2021 Pro Bowl. Bakhtiari is notorious for having introduced the Packers to the board game Settlers of Catan, which soon became a team favorite. He was also responsible for a group of Packers players appearing in Pitch Perfect 2 after he reached out to director Elizabeth Banks on Twitter.