Willie Davis

Willie Davis

Birth
Lisbon, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 15 Apr 2020 (aged 85)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 209099275 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. He played college football for the Grambling State Tigers and was drafted 181st in the 1956 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, due to military service in the US Army, he did not start his career until the 1958 NFL season. He played at various positions on both offense and defense for the Browns, and was then traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1960 where he spent the rest of his career. He was on the winning team for the first two Super Bowls under Vince Lombardi. Individually, he was a six-time All-Pro, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. Davis wore number 87 during his career with the Packers, where he was moved to a permanent position at defensive end by Vince Lombardi. He played 138 consecutive regular-season games and part of 162 regular-season games for his NFL career. He was also a member of all five of Lombardi's NFL title-winning teams. He played in a time tackles and sacks were not official statistics. However, John Turney, a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association, reports that Davis had over 100 sacks during his Green Bay career and "possibly more than 120" including a minimum of 40 over the 1963 to 1965 seasons alone. He received All-Pro honors five times and was voted to the Pro Bowl five years in a row. He also recovered 21 fumbles while playing with Green Bay Packers which remains a team record. The Packers honored his retirement with a Willie Davis Day on December 21, 1969 and he served on the team's Board of Directors. In the early 1970s, he worked as a color commentator on NFL telecasts for NBC. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. In 1986, Davis was named the Walter Camp Man of the Year. In 1987, he was given the Career Achievement Award from the NFL Alumni, and in 1988 he was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1999, Davis was ranked number 69 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

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  • Originally Created by: Colleen Liles Perry
  • Added: 15 Apr 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 209099275
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