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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