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Don Davis
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Personal information
Born: (1972-12-17) December 17, 1972 (age 51)
Olathe, Kansas, U.S.
Career information
High school:Olathe South (Olathe, Kansas)
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • New England Patriots (2007)
    (Assistant strength and conditioning coach)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced Fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Donald Earl Davis Jr. (born December 17, 1972) is a former American football player and former team chaplain for the New England Patriots.[1]

High school years

Davis attended Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kansas, and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. In football, as a senior, he was a first-team All-League selection and a second-team All-Metropolitan selection.

College years

Davis was a three-year starter for the University of Kansas, and finished his superb career with 238 tackles (20 tackles for loss) and 9.5 sacks. Don Davis graduated with a degree in Human Development in 1995.

NFL playing career

He was signed as a free agent in 1996 season by the New Orleans Saints. Davis played with the Saints until the middle of the 1998 season when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would remain with Tampa Bay through the 2000 season. In 2001 Davis began play for the St. Louis Rams, where he would remain through 2002. Then in 2003 Davis was signed by his final team, the New England Patriots, whom he would stay with for four seasons. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.

Coaching career

Following the 2006 season, Davis retired and joined the Patriots' strength and conditioning coaches as an assistant coach. He left the organization prior to the 2008 season to pursue Christian ministry.[2] He remained with the Patriots as the team chaplain.[3] He is currently the National Football League Players Association's senior director of player affairs.[4]


  1. ^ "Don Davis . . . Preacher . . . Pastor . . . Patriot!". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  2. ^ Reiss, Mike (2008-08-11). "Media guide nuggets". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  3. ^ "Don Davis . . . Preacher . . . Pastor . . . Patriot!". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  4. ^ Belson, Ken (September 21, 2022). "N.F.L. Players' Union Quietly Seeks New Leadership". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 March 2023.