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 51   Don Davis   LB
  Height: 6-1   Weight: 235
  Year: 11   Yrs/Pat: 4
  Acquired: UFA(STL)-03
  School: Kansas
  Major: Human Development
  Born: Dec 17, 1972    

Personal

Donald Earl Davis Jr. was born on December 17, 1972 in Olathe, Kansas ... Earned first-team all-league honors in his senior season at South High in Olathe ... Also earned second-team all-metro accolades and was named team MVP ... Also participated in basketball and track ... Earned Jayhawk Scholar honors at Kansas, given to student athletes who attain a grade point average above 3.0 ... Interned with Checkers Restaurants Marketing Department in Tampa in 1999 and 2000 ... Worked closely with youth in need in St. Louis ... Participated in a high school coaches' internship in Central Falls, R.I., in 2003 ... Majored in human development at Kansas. Don and his wife Yanette have two daughters: Dominique and Denay.

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Career Transactions

Signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on May 16, 2003 ... Originally signed by the N.Y. Jets as a rookie free agent in the spring of 1995 ... Released by the Jets following 1995 training camp and signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad for the first two weeks of the regular season ... Released by the Chiefs following 1996 training camp ... Signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad (08/27/96) and later signed to the active roster (10/04/96) ... Placed on injured reserve (11/09/97) ... Waived by the Saints (11/24/98) and claimed by Tampa Bay (11/25/98) ... Signed by the St. Louis Rams as an unrestricted free agent (03/02/01) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (03/22/05).

Career Highlights

Career GP/GS: 136/17 (12/3)
  • Davis has recorded 162 special teams tackles in 136 career games in 10 years in the NFL.
  • Since joining the Patriots in 2003, Davis has recorded 68 special teams tackles in 47 games. His 68 special teams stops rank second on the squad over that span (Larry Izzo, 77).
  • Davis led the Patriots with a career-high 25 special teams tackles in 2005.
  • Davis, who had been a linebacker during his first eight NFL seasons, collected the first two starts of his career at free safety in 2004. He finished the season with 17 tackles (11 solo) and a pass defensed in defensive play in the secondary.
  • Davis finished third on the Patriots with 19 special teams stops in 2004.
  • Davis finished the 2003 season as the Patriots' second-most productive special teams tackler, notching 24 stops and trailing only special teams captain Larry Izzo (31).
  • Davis set a career high with 62 tackles (36 solo) in defensive play for the St. Louis Rams in 2002. His previous high was 42 tackles (19 solo), set in 2001.
  • Davis started at outside linebacker for the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Patriots (02/03/02).
  • Davis recorded a career-high five special teams tackles in the 2002 season finale against San Francisco.


2006 Season

2006 (12/0/0/0): Placed on injured reserve on Dec. 9, 2006 ... Tied for the team lead in special teams tackles twice in 2006 (at BUF, vs. IND).

Buffalo (9/10): Saw action in a reserve role at linebacker in sub packages and on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 19-17 victory over the Bills ... Registered two tackles in defensive play and one special teams stop ... Pounced on JP Losman for no gain after the signal caller fumbled in the first quarter ... Stopped Willis McGahee for no gain on a critical, momentum-changing fourth-and-one play in the third quarter ... Teamed with Eric Alexander to stonewall Terrence McGee at the Buffalo 17-yard line during a fourth quarter kickoff return. at N.Y. Jets (9/17): Played on special teams coverage units and notched a solo tackle in the Patriots' 24-17 win over the N.Y. Jets ... Stonewalled Justin Miller for just an 18-yard kickoff return at the start the third quarter. Denver (9/24): Played on special teams coverage units. at Cincinnati (10/1): Played on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' commanding 38-13 victory over the Bengals. vs. Miami (10/8): Saw action on special teams coverage units and collected a tackle in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Dolphins. at Buffalo (10/22): Played on special teams coverage units and collected a solo tackle in the Patriots' 28-6 road victory over the Bills. at Minnesota (10/30): Played on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' commanding 31-7 road win against the Vikings ... Saw limited action at inside linebacker in the fourth quarter. Indianapolis (11/5): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles on coverage units. vs. N.Y. Jets (11/12): Played on special teams coverage units and registered a tackle. at Green Bay (11/19): Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 35-0 road victory over the Packers. vs. Chicago (11/26): Played on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 17-13 victory over the Bears ... Saw limited action at inside linebacker. vs. Detroit (12/3): Collected a special teams tackle on coverage units in the Patriots' 28-21 comeback victory over the Lions.



2005 Season

2005 (16/0/0/0): Led the team with 25 special teams tackles.

Oakland (9/8): Tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night. at Carolina (9/18): Saw action on coverage units and registered a special teams stop. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Saw action as reserve at linebacker and on special teams in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory over the Steelers … Tied for the team lead with two tackles on special teams coverage units. San Diego (10/2): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. at Atlanta (10/9): Collected a special teams tackle on coverage units in the Patriots’ 31-28 win over the Falcons. at Denver (10/16): Led the team with two special teams tackles on coverage units. Buffalo (10/30): Led the team with four special teams tackles in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Saw action on special teams coverage units. at Miami (11/13): Registered a tackle on special teams coverage units in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins. New Orleans (11/20): Registered a solo special teams tackle in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints. at Kansas City (11/27): Collected a team-high three special teams tackles on coverage units. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots’ 16-3 victory over the Jets. at Buffalo (12/11): Tied for the team lead with two special teams stops in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills. Tampa Bay (12/17): Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units in the Patriots’ 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Collected a special teams stop in the Patriots’ 31-21 victory over the Jets. Miami (1/1): Saw action at middle linebacker and collected three tackles … Registered a solo tackle on special teams coverage units.

2005 Postseason (2/0/0/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars. at Denver (1/14): Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles.



2004 season

2004 (16/2, 3/0): Played in all 16 games, with two starts at safety ... Saw significant action at safety in six games ... Finished third on the team with 19 special teams tackles. Indianapolis (9/9): Saw playing time on special teams and registered a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage. Buffalo (10/3): Saw action on special teams and collected a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage. Miami (10/10): Tallied three special teams tackles. Seattle (10/17): Collected a solo special teams tackle on coverage units. St. Louis (11/7): Notched a solo tackle on defensive play against his former club ... Collected three special teams stops, tying his second highest total of the season. Buffalo (11/14): Saw backup action at safety and on special teams ... Tallied two special teams tackles. Baltimore (11/28): Saw signifi cant action at safety and on special teams ... Tallied a season-high five tackles (3 solo) in the defensive secondary. Cleveland (12/5): Tallied two solo tackles in the secondary. Cincinnati (12/12): Registered two special teams tackles. Miami (12/20): Registered a team-high and season-high four special teams tackles. N.Y. Jets (12/26): Made his first career start at safety ... Registered four tackles and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets ... Batted down a Chad Pennington pass intended for Wayne Chrebet ... Helped to hold Pennington to a 68.3 passer rating, his third lowest rating of the season ... Collected two special teams tackles in the victory. San Francisco (1/2): Started at safety and collected four tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers.

2004 Postseason (3/0/0/0):  Indianapolis (1/16):  Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts.  at Pittsburgh (1/23):  Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers. Philadelphia (2/6): Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.



2003 Season

2003 (15/0, 3/0): Played in the final 15 games of the regular season and in all three postseason games, primarily on special teams … Finished second on the team with a career-high 24 special teams tackles. Philadelphia (9/14): Partici-pated on special teams and as a linebacker in the fourth quarter of the Patriots 31-10 victory … Recorded one solo tackle in defensive play. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Saw action on special teams in the 2003 home opener … Tallied two special teams tackles on kickoff return coverage. Washington (9/28): Saw action on special teams and at outside linebacker … Registered three special teams tackles. Denver (11/3): Made two special teams stops in the Patriots’ 30-26 victory over the Broncos on Monday Night Football. Houston (11/23): Played on special teams and tallied two solo special teams tackles. Miami (12/7): Saw action on special teams and recorded two tackles … Teamed with Daniel Graham to stonewall punt returner Charlie Rogers for a six-yard loss. Jacksonville (12/14): Played on special teams and registered two tackles. Buffalo (12/27): Registered a team-high three special teams tackles in the regular-season finale. Tennessee (1/10): Collected a special teams tackle in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff win. Indianapolis (1/18): Made a special teams tackle in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory. Carolina (2/1): Played on special teams in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers.


2002 Season

2002 (16/7 - St. Louis): Participated in all 16 games with seven starting assignments and finished third among Rams linebackers with 62 tackles (36 solo) … Finished third on the team with 17 special teams tackles … Recorded his first career interception in the season opener and returned it 29 yards … Set a career high with nine tackles on three occasions, and set a career high with six solo stops vs. Tampa Bay (9/23). Denver (9/8): Started at strongside linebacker and notched nine tackles (2 solo) and his first career interception … Picked off Denver QB Brian Griese and came up with a 29-yard return. Tampa Bay (9/23): Made first career start at middle linebacker … Led the team with career-high tying nine tackles (6 solo). Dallas (9/29): Started at weak-side linebacker and collected nine tackles (6 solo). San Francisco (10/6): Started at weak-side linebacker and racked up eight tackles (5 solo). Arizona (11/3): Started at strong-side linebacker and collected five tackles (four solo). Philadelphia (12/1): Notched three tackles (2 solo) with one for loss and collected two special teams tackles. San Francisco (12/30): Saw action on defense and special teams…made one tackle…led team with five special teams tackles.


2001 Season

2001 (12/8, 3/3 – St. Louis):  Played in 12 games, starting eight, and started all three postseason contests … Notched 42 tackles (19 solo), with one pass defensed and one forced fumble, with seven special teams tackles … Made seven tackles (3 solo) and one special teams tackle in postseason. Philadelphia (9/9): Made his first career start and recorded seven tackles (1 solo) and a special teams tackle. N.Y. Giants (10/14): Notched seven tackles (1 solo) and a special teams tackle. San Francisco (12/9): Returned to the lineup after being inactive for four weeks and made a special teams tackle. Carolina (12/23): Made seven tackles (6 solo). Green Bay (1/20): Made his first NFL postseason start, collecting three tackles (2 solo) in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game. Philadelphia (1/27): Registered two tackles (1 solo, a QB pressure and one special teams tackle) in the NFC Championship Game. New England (2/3): Started at outside linebacker in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Patriots.

2000 Season

2000 (16/0 - Tampa Bay):  Played in all 16 games for first time in his career as reserve linebacker and on special teams… Collected seven tackles on defense (one solo) … Finished second on team with 21 special teams tackles… Recorded a season-high three special teams tackles at Atlanta (11/5) … Tied his season-high with three stops on special teams vs. Dallas (12/3).

1999 Season

1999 (14/0 - Tampa Bay): Played in 14 games and finished second on the team with 21 special teams tackles … Made a season-high three special teams tackles vs. Chicago (10/24).

1998 Season

1998 (4/0 – New Orleans, 5/0 – Tampa Bay): Participated in 9 contests … Played in five games for the Saints before being waived (11/24) … Claimed off waivers by Buccaneers (11/25) … Finished the season with four tackles on defense, six special teams tackles and a blocked punt.

1997 Season

1997 (11/0 - New Orleans): Saw action in 11 games for Saints, primarily on special teams … Opened the season with two special teams tackles at St. Louis (8/31) … Collected a season-high four special teams tackles at Chicago (10/5) … Placed on injured reserve (11/9).

1996 Season

1996 (11/0 – New Orleans): Played in 11 games … Began the season on the Saints’ practice squad after being waived by Kansas City at end of preseason … Finished second on team with 13 special teams tackles and one fumble recovery on special teams.

1995 Season

1995 (0/0 - N.Y. Jets, Kansas City): Was on Kansas City’s practice squad for first two weeks of season after being released by the N.Y. Jets following training camp.

Extra Points

Don serves as a Teaching Pastor at Living Waters Christian Church in Attleboro, Mass.

Since joining the Patriots, Don has been one of the spiritual leaders of the team and often coordinates Bible study groups and other faithbased activities for his teammates.

In 2004, Don received the Ernie Tavila Award given by the Athletes in Action organization. The award is given annually to a professional athlete who displays exemplary values on and off the field.



College

Davis was a three-year starter for the University of Kansas ... His career totals include 238 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks ... As a senior, compiled 78 tackles, career-high three sacks, four tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one pass defensed ... As a junior, registered a career-high 79 tackles in 10 starts ... Started nine games as sophomore, collecting 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks ... Played in every game as true freshman, contributing 36 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... Graduated with a degree in human development.