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Davone Atrayo Bess (born September 13, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Hawaii.

Davone Bess
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Bess with the Dolphins in 2009
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1985-09-13) September 13, 1985 (age 34)
Hayward, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Oakland (CA) Skyline
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,809
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Bess attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California and was a student and a letter-man in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a first team All-Citywide receiver as a junior. As a senior, he led his team to the League Championship and was a second team All-City quarterback. Davone Bess graduated from Skyline High School in 2003.

Bess grew up five minutes away from the Oakland Coliseum as an avid Oakland Raiders fan and even played a high school playoff game for Skyline High during his senior year at the Coliseum. His favorite player was Tim Brown.[1]

Bess has stated that "sports pretty much kept me busy, kept me out of trouble, kept me off the streets." Largely raised by a single mom, Bess was the first person in his family to attend college. Bess' father did not attend high school, but there are other family members on his dad's side that attended high school and graduated from college. Unfortunately, the distance between Bess and his biological dad made him unaware of the achievements of his dad's family; several have college degrees. Bess said of his father: "My dad pretty much wasn't there. If anyone was there it was my brother's dad, but not really because he was a big time drug dealer. He was in and out of jail himself and going back and forth so he wasn't a reliable source."[2] At the age of 10, Bess witnessed the murder of his uncle at a birthday party.[3]

College careerEdit

Oregon State UniversityEdit

Bess lost his scholarship to Oregon State when he was sentenced to about 21 months in Byron boys ranch juvenile facility after allowing a friend to put stolen items in his car. During his time in the juvenile facility, Bess played in a seven-man flag football team created by the facility. His high school coach contacted a former player who was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Hawaii and passed on video of Bess to coach June Jones who then gave Bess an opportunity.

University of HawaiiEdit

Davone Bess joined Hawaiʻi in 2005 and quickly gained a starting spot at wide receiver.

As a freshman, Bess caught 89 passes for 1,124 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Selected WAC first team and WAC Freshman of the Year.

As a sophomore, caught 96 passes for 1,220 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Named WAC first team.

In his junior year, he finished with 108 catches for 1266 yards with 12 TDs.

During his time at Hawaii, Bess was named to the Associated Press' 2007 All-America third team; the Sporting News, Football Writers Association of America, and's 2005 Freshman All-American team; and was named to the All-WAC first team in 2005, 2006, and 2007.[4] Bess holds Hawaii's school records in receptions and receiving touchdowns, and is third all-time in receiving yards.

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD
2005 Hawaii 12 89 1,124 12.6 14
2006 Hawaii 14 96 1,220 12.7 15
2007 Hawaii 13 108 1,266 11.7 12
College totals 39 293 3,610 12.3 41

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

Despite being undrafted, Bess earned a spot on the Miami Dolphins active roster during the 2008 NFL season. He managed to catch his first NFL touchdown in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. He worked primarily as a slot receiver until starter Greg Camarillo was injured. Bess assumed starting duties beginning in week 13 against the St. Louis Rams, and became a reliable target for quarterback Chad Pennington.

Bess with the Dolphins in 2011.

Bess finished the regular season third among NFL rookies in receptions (54) behind two second-rounders—Denver's Eddie Royal (91) and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (62).[5] His 54-season receptions is the second most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie (behind only Wayne Chrebet, who had 66 catches in 1995).[6]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Bess was traded to the Cleveland Browns on April 27, 2013, during the 2013 NFL Draft.[7] The Browns traded fourth- and fifth-round selections (#104 and #164 overall) to Miami for Bess and Miami's fourth- and seventh-round picks (#111 and #217 overall).

In Bess' first season in Cleveland, he recorded 42 receptions for 362 yards—both career lows—and 2 touchdowns, while being credited with nine dropped passes, the second-highest total in the league. On December 21, 2013, with two games to go in the season, Bess was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list with a "personal matter," ending his 2013 campaign.[8] He was released on March 5, 2014.[9]


Bess was arrested in Florida on January 17, 2014, on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at Fort Lauderdale airport. Broward Sheriff’s Office records show Bess was arrested after acting erratically and confronting an officer. The arrest comes one day after Bess posted a photo on his Twitter page of a small package containing what appeared to be marijuana. The photo was later deleted. Following the arrest, on January 18, Bess posted yet another photo on Twitter this time of himself nude standing in front of a mirror, this photo was also later deleted adding to the list of bizarre behavior in this short time frame.

On June 20, 2016 in Arizona, Bess was arrested by the Gilbert Police Department for three felony charges of endangerment, felony flight and failure to stop for a police officer.[10] The arrest followed a traffic stop which Bess fled from and then subsequently barricaded himself inside his house. A SWAT team reportedly entered his home after receiving a warrant.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dolphins Try To Separate From Pack Versus Raiders; Bess Has Close Ties To Oakland; Other Notes",, November 14, 2008, retrieved January 5, 2009[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Salguero, Armando (January 2, 2009), "The amazing, inspiring story of Davone Bess", Miami Herald
  3. ^ Hyde, Dave (December 13, 2008), "Bess Story: From being caught up to catching on", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, archived from the original on January 16, 2009
  4. ^ Tsai, Stephen (January 5, 2008), "UH's Davone Bess to pass on senior year", The Honolulu Advertiser
  5. ^ Thompson, Ed (June 25, 2009), "7 Points: Turn Up The Volume",
  6. ^ Farrar, Doug (January 1, 2009), "The Curious Case of Davone Bess", Field Gulls
  7. ^ "Davone Bess headed to Cleveland". The Associated Press and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Davone Bess placed on non-injury list
  9. ^ McManamon, Pat. "Davone Bess out in Cleveland". ESPN. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  10. ^ Ex-NFL player arrested after early-morning standoff in Gilbert], AZCentral, Accessed June 20, 2016
  11. ^ "Davone Bess faces felony charges after standoff with police". Associated Press. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2016-06-21.

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