The American football prodigy Vontae Davis has been making headlines since the news of his abrupt retirement from professional football surfaced on the media in September 2018. Davis who was playing for the Buffalo Bills before his retirement started his professional career in 2009 and has played for top NFL teams including the Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts. During his ten-year career, the cornerback was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Learn more about the cornerback below including the reason behind his abrupt retirement.
Vontae Davis Biography
The former NFL cornerback was born as Vontae Ottis Davis on the 27th day of May 1988 in Washington D.C, United States. He is the son of Vernon Buchanan and his wife Jacqueline Davis. Vontae started playing football from an early age when he was a student at Dunbar High School, Washington D.C. While he was there, the cornerback featured as both a football player and a track and field athlete. His wonderful performance in his senior year earned him a Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award. At the end of his high school career, Vontae got a three-star rating from sports illustration websites.
Soon after he left Dunbar High, Vontae enrolled at the University of Illinois where he continued his collegiate career. He played three seasons with the Illinois football team before declaring for the NFL draft of 2009. Davis led his team to the Rose Bowl in 2007 where he made 13 tackles against the University of Southern California football team. He was named to the All-Big Ten First Team twice in 2007 and 2008. At the end of his junior year in 2008, Vontae announced he will forgo his last year of college eligibility to declare for the NFL draft of 2009.
The year he turned pro, Vontae Davis was picked by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He was the second cornerback to be selected in the draft after Malcolm Jenkins. After the draft, he signed with the Dolphins in a five-year deal worth $10.25 million including a signing bonus of $500 thousand with $7.43 million guaranteed. Vontae further made his professional debut for the Dolphins as the fourth cornerback player behind Nathan Jones, Will Allen, and Sean Smith in 2009 NFL season. He ended his rookie season leading the team in interceptions and tackles. He made 51 combined tackles and four interceptions in 16 games. The cornerback was named a starter for the Dolphins during the 2010 regular season. He recorded a total of 54 combined tackles and one interception at the end of the season.
After his third season with the Dolphins, Vontae was traded to the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2012 regular season. There he signed a four-year deal worth $39 million with the Colts in 2014. In the same year, he led the Colts to appear at the Super Bowl XLIX where they eventually lost to the New England Patriots 45 – 7. Following his wonderful performances, Vontae earned a spot in the 2015 Pro Bowl. The following year, the cornerback got his second Pro Bowl call-up after making a total of four interceptions and 48 combined tackles in the 2015 season. After playing for two more seasons, Vontae Davis left the Colts and penned a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Buffalo Bills in February 2018. At the inception of the 2018 season, Vontae suddenly ended his ten-year career by announcing his retirement.
Why Did He Retire From NFL?
In September 2018, during the Bills game against Los Angeles Chargers, Vontae Davis abruptly excused himself from the game at half-time. His unusual decision raised several eyebrows and eventually kept the media abuzz for weeks. After the game, Vontae released a press statement confirming his official retirement from professional football and apologizing to his numerous fans, teammates, and coaches.
It was his 10th year as a professional footballer and Vontae revealed that he suddenly realized that football wasn’t what he was meant to be doing at this time of his life. He added that it is better for him to walk away willfully and healthy rather than limp away when it’s too late. Interestingly, Vontae has joined the likes of NFL superstars Peyton Manning and Jerome Bettis, who have bowed out of the game.
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How Much is Vontae Davis Worth?
The former NFL star made strides during his ten-year stint in the professional league. He made a lot of wealth for himself and is currently living a decent lifestyle. Notably, Vontae penned a four-year deal worth $39 million with the Colts in 2014. Also, he signed another one-year deal worth $5 million with the Bills before finding his way out of the game in 2018. That said, Vontae Davis currently has a whopping net worth of $22 million. He made his wealth from his football career, endorsements, and other business endeavors.