Stephen Davis (American football)

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Stephen Davis
No. 48
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-03-01) March 1, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Spartanburg (SC)
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Debuted in 1996 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 2006 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 8,052
Average 4.1
Touchdowns 65
Stats at

Stephen Lamont Davis (born March 1, 1974) is a retired American football running back who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Davis was the Carolina Panthers' minority coaching intern for the 2010-11 season.[1]

Early years[edit]

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Davis attended Spartanburg High School, where he excelled in football and track.[2] At the 1991 South Carolina state meet, he set a state record in the 100 metres with 10.40 seconds. His record stood for 17 years, until Marcus Rowland ran a 10.35 at the 2008 state meet.[3][4]

Regarded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 1992, Davis was named USA Today Offensive High School Football Player of the Year.

College career[edit]

Davis played three years (1993, 1994, 1995) for Auburn University starting in his sophomore year. He made the All-SEC team his last two seasons and graduated as the team's fourth all-time leading rusher behind Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, and Bo Jackson. He was also a letterman for all three seasons.

Davis currently holds the record for rush attempts (1,945), rush yards (8,052) and rushing TDs (65) amongst all Auburn alumni in NFL history.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Davis was drafted in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.[6] Davis was primarily used as a fullback, and was part of the Redskins' backfield with Terry Allen. He spent three seasons as a backup and fullback before getting the starting nod at the start of the 1999 NFL season. This was Davis' breakout season, when he posted career highs, and ended up representing the NFC in the Pro Bowl. He led the NFC in yards rushing with 1,405, and led the league in yards per carry (4.8). He was also the league's leading non-kicking scorer, posting 108 points on 17 touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He continued to post high numbers the following season en route to his second straight Pro Bowl selection. In 2001, Davis rushed for 1,432, breaking the record he had set in 1999 for most rushing yards in a season by a Redskin.

Said Football Outsiders about Davis's 1999 season, "Stephen Davis was just a monster in 1999 with 1407 yards (second in the league) and 17 touchdowns (nobody else scored more than 13). He led the league with a 60% success rate, and nobody else with at least 75 carries was over 55%." [7]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Davis signed with the Carolina Panthers for the start of the 2003 NFL season, and was a catalyst in leading the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Davis rushed for a career-high 1,444 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also finished in the top three for the NFL MVP voting that year. Davis led all rushers in the postseason with 315 yards. Unfortunately for Davis, he suffered an injury early the following season, and was one of fourteen Panthers on injured reserve as the Panthers struggled to a 7-9 record. He was also on the injured list early in the 2005 season, but came off the bench after a few games before being forced to sit out the remainder of the season with nagging knee injuries. Davis was released by the Panthers on March 1, 2006.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On August 24, 2006, Davis worked out with the St. Louis Rams and was offered a one-year contract, which he accepted.


On February 27, 2008 Davis signed a one-day contract with Carolina so he could officially retire as a Panther; he did so the next day on February 28, 2008. Later, in 2012, he came forth with reports about suffering from tinnitus and other concussion related side effects.


  1. ^ "Inside the Panthers: Panthers sign rookie QB Pike". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Davis". Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "South Carolina track and field boys all-time list". 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Davis Set 100 Record In 1991". 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Auburn Players in the NFL". Playerfilter. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Davis". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "1999 DVOA Ratings and Commentary". 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Allen
Washington Redskins' Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Trung Canidate