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Buster Davis (linebacker)

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Buster Davis in the 2008 season during his tenure with the Detroit Lions
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Career information
High school: Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland
College: Florida State
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Career history
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Career highlights and awards
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James "Buster" Davis (born October 20, 1983) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Davis has also been a member of the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

Currently, Davis is a graduate assistant for the University of South Dakota football team, serving as a Linebackers Coach [1]

As of 2014, Davis is the football coach of the Atlantic High School football team in Port Orange, Florida, a few miles from his hometown of Daytona Beach.

Early years

Buster Davis played for Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. Davis played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside fellow Florida State Seminoles Kamerion Wimbley and Lorenzo Booker.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Davis was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. Davis signed a three-year, $1.7 million contract with a $610,000 signing bonus with the Cardinals, but was later released on September 1, 2007.

Detroit Lions

On September 4, 2007, he joined the practice squad of the Detroit Lions. He was promoted to the active roster on December 19.

Davis was waived by the Lions during final cuts on August 30, 2008.

Indianapolis Colts

A day after being let go by the Lions, Davis was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on August 31, 2008. An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 offseason, Davis was re-signed by the Colts on March 17.[2] However, he was waived by the team two weeks later on March 31.[3]

Houston Texans

Davis signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans on April 3, 2009.[4] He was waived on September 5. He was re-signed to the practice squad and released on September 15. On October 8 he was re-signed to the practice squad, he was released on October 13.


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