Tony Davis (running back)
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|Born:||January 21, 1953|
|High school:||Tecumseh (NE)|
|NFL Draft:||1976 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
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Michael Edward "Tony" Davis (born January 21, 1953) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. Davis played both I-back and fullback for new Head Coach Tom Osborne at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was Osborne's first 1,000 yard rusher and when he left the Cornhuskers, he was the school's all-time leading rusher. Davis was a 4th round selection (106th overall pick) out of Nebraska by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1976 NFL Draft. Davis played six seasons for the Bengals (1976–1978) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979–1981). In 1977, Davis was selected the Bengals team MVP by a vote of players and fans. Davis also played one season for the Boston Breakers of the USFL.
While at Nebraska, Davis was the Most Valuable Player in two of college football's "Big Four" Bowl games in the same calendar year, the January 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl win over the University of Texas 19-3 and the December 31, 1974 Sugar Bowl win over the University of Florida 13-10. Davis was elected to the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Since his retirement, Davis has worked as a football assistant at Nebraska, coached high school football in Colorado, and now works in Business Development in the oil & gas industry. Currently, Davis is an advocate who works in communication with Congress to address issues prevalent to retired NFL players.
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