Tyrone Davis, who played eight seasons in the NFL between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, died earlier this month. He was 50 years old.
Davis’ obituary on the Jeffress Funeral Home website was discovered by the New York Post. He died October 2 and services were held October 8. According to Virginia Cavaliers beat writer Jerry Ratcliffe, Davis died of an undisclosed illness.
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The obituary summarized his football career from his time at the Fork Union Military Academy to Virginia to his time with the Jets and Packers. Davis holds the Virginia record for most touchdowns with 28.
Davis finished his career at Virginia with 103 catches for 2,153 yards in addition to 28 scores. He led the ACC with 10 touchdowns in 1994.
The Jets selected Davis in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played his rookie year as a wide receiver, but was later converted to a tight end – where he played for the rest of his career. He was with the Jets until 1996 when he was traded to the Packers ahead of the 1997 season.
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Davis played for the Packers from 1997 to 2002. He was part of the team that won the Super Bowl in the 1997 season. He grabbed a hold in the NFC Championship but did not play in Super Bowl XXXII.
Davis suffered hamstring issues in 2000 and was on injured reserve for most of the 2001 season. He was released by the Packers before the start of the 2003 season.
“This is by far one of the hardest posts to write,” Davis’ brother Jeff wrote on Facebook. “Last night the Lord opened heaven and received my little brother. It’s really difficult for me because it was very unexpected.
“Tyrone caught plenty of touchdowns in the NCAA and NFL. Last night he scored the ultimate touchdown! Rest up little bro. Your run is now over. Big bro loves you!!”
Davis’ former teammate Earl Dotson also wrote a touching social media post in memory of his friend.
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“It’s hard to post,” Dotson wrote. “Rest in heaven, teammate. That good man, Tyrone Davis, fought alongside me in the Green Bay NFL Packers for years. Brother forever.”