By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

98. Vontae Davis – Signed by the Bills in 2018

Vontae Davis had a good career in the National Football League. He spent nine seasons with Miami and Indianapolis, and was usually a starter. Davis was a Pro Bowl defensive back on two occasions. Yet, he’ll mostly be remembered for his time in Buffalo, which was quite brief.

Early in 2018, Davis signed a contract as a free agent with the Bills that was worth up to $5 million.  He did not suit up for Buffalo’s opener, but an injury pushed him into the starting lineup in Week Two against the Chargers. Things did not go well for Buffalo, as the team trailed, 28-6, before halftime. Davis took himself out of the game, and told the defensive coordinator, “I’m done.” Davis went to the locker room, changed out of his uniform, and texted his wife that he was retiring. Right away.

Davis had lost his mental desire to play football, and left on the spot. He told ESPN later, “Most people, when I did what I did, they thought I was literally going insane or something.  But I was actually fine. I was totally fine.” Davis never played again.

The retirement was even news in Canada, as the CBC report indicates:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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