Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis
Davis with the Dolphins in 2011
No. 23     Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-27) May 27, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Washington (DC) Dunbar
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Big Ten All-Freshman (2006)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2007, 2008)
  • Thorpe Award semifinalist (2007, 2008)
  • PFW All-Rookie Team (2009)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 17, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2013

Vontae O. Davis /ˈvɒnt/ (born May 27, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Illinois.

Early years

Davis played his high school football at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.. He played cornerback and wide receiver. During his senior season he recorded 38 tackles and 8 interceptions and achieved many awards and honors including Washington Post first-team All-Metro, PrepStar All-American, DCIAA West first-team All-Conference, and D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Davis was ranked as the No. 33 cornerback prospect in the nation.[1]

College career

Davis chose Illinois over Maryland, Michigan State, and Virginia. Davis had a great freshman season recording 30 tackles and intercepting one pass. He was named to the Freshman All-America first teams by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com and was also the Illini's Rookie of the Year. In 2007 he started all 12 games he played recording 56 tackles, including 13 in the Rose Bowl against USC, and was tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions. After his junior season he declared that he would forgo his senior season and become eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Davis was considered one of the top-2 defensive backs available in the draft (alongside Malcolm Jenkins),[3] He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 25th overall.

Miami Dolphins

Davis was signed by the Dolphins to a five-year deal with a guarantee in excess of $7 million.[4] Davis recorded his first career interception in Week 4 of the 2009 season against Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, returning it 23 yards for a touchdown.[5] Davis finished his rookie season with 53 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 pass deflections. Pro Football Weekly selected him on its annual All-Rookie team.[6]

During the 2011 preseason, Davis boasted that he and cornerback Sean Smith were the "best (cornerback) tandem in the league".[7] However, his first two games were forgettable as New England's Tom Brady passed for 517 yards in the season opener,[8] and Davis had no passes defended or interceptions in either game. He also had to leave both of the first two games with injuries including cramps in week 1 and a hamstring injury in Miami's week 2 loss against the Houston Texans.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

On August 26, 2012, Davis was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round draft pick.[10]


Vontae's older brother is San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. In June 2009, several media outlets reported that Davis was stopped and arrested for traffic infractions in Champaign, Illinois, then turned out to be an identity theft incident after Davis' wallet was stolen.[11][12]

Davis' brother, Michael Davis, was arrested in the Petworth area of Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 27, 2012 for two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed. Michael is suspected of three similar attacks for which there is an investigation but no charge.[13]


External links

  • Illinois Fighting Illini bio
  • Indianapolis Colts bio
  • Miami Dolphins bio