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Former NFL and two-time Pro Bowl star Vontae Davis dies at 35

Former NFL and two-time Pro Bowl star Vontae Davis dies at 35

The Washington native played 10 seasons in the NFL.

Former NFL star and two-time Pro Bowl player Vontae Davis has died in Florida at the age of 35.

The former Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills cornerback was found unresponsive at his home in Florida by his personal assistant. The cause of death has not been released. The Davie Police Department, which is responsible for the investigation, reportedly said foul play is not suspected.

Davis, a first-round draft pick in 2009, played three seasons with the Dolphins before switching to the Colts. In February 2018, he joined the Buffalo Bills for $5 million ($3.5 million guaranteed), but only played once for the team.

After being listed as healthy for the first game of the 2018 season, he exited a game against the Los Angeles Chargers and declared, “I'm done.”

His actions, and the subsequent statement confirming his retirement, shocked his coach, Sean McDermott, and his teammates:

Vontae Davis
In 2018, Vontae Davis played just one NFL game with Buffalo before retiring. (Source: Getty)

Vontae Davis a two-time Pro Bowl selection

Back in 2012, Vontae Davis was traded from Miami to the Indianapolis Colts, and the entire trade was tracked in the documentary “Hard Knocks.” It showed how brutal the professional game can be and Davis was devastated by the news.

He responded by playing his best football with the Colts, winning the AFC Championship in 2014 with the Colts. But the Colts were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

“It's a sad day,” said retired wide receiver Reggie Wayne, Davis' former Indianapolis teammate. “It's nice to wear horseshoes with your buddy.” Rest in peace, champ. “


The Colts posted the following tribute on During his six seasons with the Hoosiers, he was a great player, but he was also an even better teammate, bringing a smile and positive energy every day.

“We are heartbroken by the sudden passing of former Dolphins CB Vontae Davis and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time,” the Dolphins said in a statement.

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