Davis’s mom feared for her son‘s security if he performed faculty soccer, however Robinson assured her all could be effectively. “We lastly satisfied his mama,” Robinson was quoted by Grambling as having stated. “We promised her that we’d see that he obtained Sunday faculty and church.”
Davis grew to become a black faculty All-American, and Grambling went unbeaten in 1955, his senior season.
Professional scouts have been available to see Willie Gilmore, the star operating again for Florida A&M, play towards Grambling in that season’s Orange Blossom Traditional in Miami, an annual postseason sport matching Florida A&M towards one other traditionally black faculty. Galimore went on to develop into an excellent runner for the Chicago Bears, however Davis caught the scouts’ eyes as effectively, making a number of tackles in Grambling’s victory.
Davis gained little discover enjoying two seasons for the Browns, however Lombardi appreciated what he noticed in sport movies and obtained him in a 1960 commerce for A.D. Williams, a receiver, who would final solely two extra seasons within the league.
As a pupil, Davis was on the dean’s record at Grambling, majoring in math and industrial arts, and he obtained a grasp’s diploma in enterprise administration from the College of Chicago in 1968, having attended lessons in his off-seasons.
After leaving soccer, he solid a extremely profitable enterprise profession. He owned a beer and wine distributorship in Los Angeles, headed the radio community All-Professional Broadcasting and was a board member of many firms.
Davis’s survivors embody his spouse, Carol; a son, Duane; a daughter, Lori; and 4 grandchildren.
When the Packers obtained Davis in 1960, Lombardi stated that he had all of the attributes any coach would need.
“You search for pace, agility and measurement,” Lombardi as soon as stated. “You could get two of those qualities in a single man, and when you may have three, you get a terrific participant. In Willie Davis, we have now a terrific one.”