Wendell Davis
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1966-01-03) January 3, 1966 (age 56)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Fair Park
(Shreveport, Louisiana)
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,000
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Wendell Tyrone Davis (born January 3, 1966) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the Chicago Bears for six seasons from 1988 to 1993. He was selected by the Bears in the 1st round (27th overall) in the 1988 NFL Draft.[1] Davis was a two-time All-American at Louisiana State University.

In his pro career, Davis played in 81 games, catching 207 receptions for 3,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.[2]

His career effectively ended on October 10, 1993, in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. While planting his feet to catch an underthrown deep ball from QB Jim Harbaugh, his cleats got stuck in the Astroturf at Veterans Stadium. The force of being pulled back to the ground was so severe that it completely severed the patella tendon in each of his knees. Doctors later found his kneecaps had been pushed all the way into his thighs. He spent several months in a wheelchair, with his legs encased in casts from thigh to ankle.[3] After spending the entire 1994 season in rehab, he attempted a comeback with the Indianapolis Colts in 1995, but did not appear in a game.

In October 2009, Davis became the wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers under Mike Singletary. Following the arrival of new head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011, Davis and the rest of the San Francisco coaching staff were replaced. Davis then coached at Palo Alto High School in the 2011 season, and 2012 was hired as the wide receivers coach for Columbia University.[4]


  1. ^ Pro Football Reference, Wendell Tyrone Davis
  2. ^ "Wendell Davis". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  3. ^ King, Peter. A Fight Over Turf. Sports Illustrated, November 1, 1993.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". www.gocolumbialions.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)