Andra Raynard Davis [pronounced André] (born December 23, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He also played for the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.
Davis with the Denver Broncos in 2009
|Born:||December 23, 1978|
Live Oak, Florida
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Live Oak (FL) Suwannee|
|NFL Draft:||2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 141|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Davis was born in Live Oak, Florida in 1978. He attended Suwannee High School in Live Oak, where he was a four-year starter for the Suwannee Bulldogs high school football team. As a senior in 1996, Davis was the team captain for the Suwannee Bulldogs football and basketball teams, and was recognized as a first-team Florida Class 4A all-state selection and a SuperPrep high school All-American in football.
Davis accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1998 to 2001. The Gators coaching staff decided to red-shirt him as a true freshman in 1997. As a junior in 2000, Davis was a member of the Gators' Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship team. As a senior team captain in 2001, he was recognized as a first-team All-SEC selection and a second-team All-American. During his college career, he played in thirty-five games, and started twenty-three of them; he finished his career with 232 tackles, five quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles, three of which were recovered.
Davis was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round (141st pick overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he played for the Browns for seven seasons from 2002 to 2008. He made his NFL debut versus the Kansas City Chiefs on September 8, 2002. He finished his rookie season with 24 tackles and one interception.
Davis became the Browns starting middle linebacker in 2003 and finished the season leading the team with 171 tackles. He also tied a franchise record with 4 sacks in a single game that year against Kansas City on November 9, 2003. During the 2004 season he missed the final five games of the season with a knee injury, he finished the season with 89 tackles and three interceptions.
In 2005 Davis recorded a career high and team leading 199 tackles. His best game came against the Green Bay Packers on September 18 when he recorded 20 tackles. On November 20 he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the week after recording 14 tackles, 2 tfl and 2 pbu's in the 22-0 win over the Miami Dolphins. On December 15, 2005 the Browns gave him a five-year contract extension.
During the 2006 season Davis played in 14 games, finishing with 104 tackles, one sack and two interceptions. During the 2007 season he struggled starting only 10 of 16 games, finishing with only 67 tackles.
On February 28, 2009, Davis signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos. They released him on March 11, 2010. In his single season with the Broncos, he started 13 of 16 games, recording 90 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Davis signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on March 16, 2010. During the 2010 season, he saw action in six games and started four of them. After appearing in sixteen games for the Bills during 2011, he became a free agent following the season.
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- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2002 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- National Football League, Current Players, Andra Davis. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
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- John Clayton, "Broncos bolster defensive corps," ESPN.com (March 1, 2009). Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- Mike Klis, "Broncos release LB Andra Davis," The Denver Post (March 11, 2010). Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Associated Press, "Free-agent LB Andra Davis signs with Bills," The Sporting News (March 16, 2010). Retrieved May 19, 2011.
- Matt Rich Warren, "Buffalo Bills Seeking "Smaller" Linebackers, Says Andra Davis," BuffaloRumblings.com (February 15, 2012). Retrieved April 19, 2012.
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