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Leonard Davis (American football)

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Position: Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-09-05) September 5, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Wortham, Texas
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Career information
High school: Wortham (TX)
College: Texas
NFL draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Games played: 171
Games started: 155
Fumbles recovered: 2
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Leonard Barnett Davis (born September 5, 1978) is an American former college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman for twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. Davis was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the second pick overall of the 2001 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.

Early years

Leonard grew up in Wortham, Texas. He is the only child of L.A. and Sammie Lee Davis, but has 21 half-brothers and half-sisters (L.A. had 11 children from a previous marriage, while Sammie Lee had 10 children from a previous marriage).[1]

He attended Wortham High School, where he led his Wortham Bulldogs basketball team to the state championship in 1997.

College career

Davis received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1997 to 2000. Following his 2000 senior season, he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[2] He was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Davis was selected second overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, and played guard his first three years in the NFL. In 2004, he was moved from guard to left tackle, where he played in 15 games. In 2005, he played in 15 games as well.

On February 17, 2007 the Cardinals told Davis that they would not name him a franchise or transition player, clearing the offensive tackle to become an unrestricted free agent.

Dallas Cowboys

On March 4, 2007, Davis signed with the Dallas Cowboys for a seven-year, $49.6 million contract. $18.75 million of his contract was guaranteed.[3] With the move to Dallas, Davis has also moved back to the guard position. He had an exceptional year in 2007, as he made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He also made the All-Pro second team along with ex-teammate Flozell Adams. Since 2005, Davis was the 5th most penalized player in the NFL with 42.

According to Forbes, Davis was the highest-paid NFL player and 19th overall athlete in the 12-month period ending June 2007, earning $25.4 million.[4]

He was released by the Cowboys on July 28, 2011, due to declining play and the Cowboys' lack of salary cap room.

Detroit Lions

On November 2011, Davis signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.[5][6]

San Francisco 49ers

On July 26, 2012, Davis signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.


Davis is the bassist in the heavy metal band Free Reign with former Cowboys' teammates Marc Colombo and Cory Procter with guitarist Justin Chapman.


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  2. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Cowboys add Davis to offensive line
  4. ^ Forbes-In Pictures: The World's 25 Top-Earning Athletes
  5. ^ Phillips, Rob. "Former Lineman Davis Signs With Detroit". Retrieved 11-08-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Report: Lions sign ex-Cowboys guard Davis following bye week". Retrieved 11-08-11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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