Rod Davis (American football)

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Rod Davis
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-04-02) April 2, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth: Gulfport, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Mississippi
Career history
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Rod Davis (born April 2, 1981) is a professional gridiron football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

Davis has played for the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Soul, Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Alouettes, and Calgary Stampeders.

Early years[edit]

He went on to play at Central Junior High and Gulfport High School where he played for the Admirals, before he went to for Southern Mississippi. In 2002, he won the Conerly Trophy as the best college football player in the state of Mississippi.

College career[edit]

While at Southern Mississippi, Davis recorded four interceptions. Was selected as a First-team All-CUSA as a sophomore and junior. During his junior year he had career-highs with 122 tackles and 10.5 sacks, he was also selected as the Conference USA defensive player of the year and a Third-team All-American. He finished his college career with 526 tackles and 18.5 sacks. In Soria City it was known at this time he was going pro.

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Davis has played in 40 career NFL games with the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers, recording 43 tackles with one forced fumble.

In 2004 he played in 14 games and had nine tackles. In 2005 Davis played in 16 games and had 21 tackles and one forced fumble. Davis joined the Panthers and began 2006, with Carolina playing in one game and recording one tackle. He then re-joined the Vikings and played in nine games and recorded 12 tackles.

Arena Football League[edit]

Davis joined the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League in 2008 and won his first professional championship when the Soul won ArenaBowl XXII over the San Jose SaberCats.

Canadian Football League[edit]

Davis signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on May 6, 2009 and played through the 2011 season. His first start came on August 13, 2009, following injuries to Mark Restelli and to Maurice Lloyd.[1]

After becoming a free agent on February 15, 2012, Davis signed with the Montreal Alouettes on February 16, 2012.[2] After playing only one season with the Alouettes, he was released on February 13, 2013.[3]

On February 25, 2013, Davis signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[4]



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