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Vontae Davis Dies at 35; Former NFL Professional Bowl CB Was Drafted in 1st Spherical in 2009

Joseph Zucker @@JosephZucker Featured Columnist IV April 1, 2024 Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis was found dead Monday at a home in Southwest Ranches, Florida, according to Daniel Oyefusi and Grethel Aguila of the Miami Herald. Davie police said officers were called to the scene and found the 35-year-old

Vontae Davis Dies at 35; Former NFL Professional Bowl CB Was Drafted in 1st Spherical in 2009

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVApril 1, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 08: Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) watches a replay on the video screen during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on October 8, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis was discovered useless Monday at a house in Southwest Ranches, Florida, in response to Daniel Oyefusi and Grethel Aguila of the Miami Herald.

Davie police stated officers have been known as to the scene and located the 35-year-old unresponsive. An investigation into his dying stays ongoing and no foul play is suspected.

Davis spent 10 years within the NFL, the vast majority of which got here with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in 76 video games over six years on the Colts and was a Professional Bowler in 2014 and 2015. Crew proprietor Jim Irsay mourned his dying on X, with the Colts additionally issuing an announcement:

Jim Irsay @JimIrsay

Extraordinarily saddened to listen to of the passing of Vontae Davis. An important man, teammate, participant. My prayers to Vontae’s household.🙏

Indianapolis Colts @Colts

We’re devastated to listen to of Vontae Davis’s passing. He shall be deeply missed, and we ship our prayers to his household and family members. pic.twitter.com/K10FdaLmNV

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The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Payments issued statements as nicely:

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

We’re heartbroken by the sudden passing of former Dolphins CB Vontae Davis and prolong our deepest condolences to his household & family members throughout this troublesome time. pic.twitter.com/mB1kYUpZqQ

Buffalo Payments @BuffaloBills

We’re saddened to study of the passing of Vontae Davis.

We’re pondering of his buddies, household, and family members throughout this troublesome time. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/a2f5RtlQoj

Davis’ profession started with the Dolphins, who chosen him twenty fifth total within the 2009 draft. In 121 video games, he had 395 tackles, 22 interceptions and 97 passes defended.

How his time within the NFL ended may be the one reality remembered probably the most from his decade-long run. Whereas a member of the Payments, he exited a 2018 contest in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers and walked away from the game solely.

Davis instructed ESPN’s Brendan Meyer in 2019 it was “the most effective selections I’ve made in my life, actually.” Meyer detailed how the veteran defensive again did not really feel something bodily however that “his thoughts felt far-off — like he was going by means of the motions within the recreation he’d spent greater than a decade taking part in.”

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Davis reiterated when wanting again that abruptly retiring was the precise selection for him on the time as a result of his coronary heart was not in soccer prefer it as soon as had been.

Earlier than making his solution to the professionals, the Washington, D.C., native had a adorned school run at Illinois. He was a two-time first-team All-Large Ten choice and was a sophomore when the Combating Illini reached the Rose Bowl within the 2007 season, their first journey to Pasadena, California, for the reason that 1983 season.

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