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Corbett Davis
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Davis, circa 1937
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Personal information
Born:(1914-12-08)December 8, 1914
Lowell, Indiana, U.S.
Died:May 28, 1968(1968-05-28) (aged 53)
Houlton, Maine, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Lowell
NFL draft:1938 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:382
Receiving yards:133
Player stats at PFR

Richard Corbett "Corby" Davis (December 8, 1914 – May 28, 1968) was an American football fullback. He was the first overall pick in the 1938 NFL draft by the Cleveland Rams.[1]

He spent four seasons with the Cleveland Rams, leaving pro football to enlist in the service in 1942. Corbett served as a rifleman with the Second Infantry Division in France during World War II. He was wounded in action in 1944, and continued his service in England after recovering from his injuries.

After returning to the States, Corbett worked as an official for games in the Big Ten Conference. From 1952 until his death, he worked for the Scott Foresman publishing company. He died while on a fishing trip in Maine in May 1968. He lost his footing while stepping out of a boat, fell on a tree branch, and ruptured his spleen.[2]


  1. ^ "1938 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  2. ^ Biographical material from Lowell, Indiana historical society