NFL Star Vontae Davis Dies Suddenly at 35

Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis has been found dead in his Florida mansion, according to local police.

Davis was just 35 years old when he died suddenly.

Davis was discovered at his home in Southwest Ranches, Florida on Monday.

Police said that no foul play is suspected.

However, police have confirmed an investigation is underway.

The football star is famous for his dramatic and abrupt retirement, which came at halftime during a 2018 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Davis, who was with the Buffalo Bills at the time, said he made his decision while on the field.

He cited the toll football was taking on his body.

“All of that stuff goes into consideration,” he told CNN at the time.

“I no longer wanted to sacrifice my body where it didn’t benefit me moving forward.”

He was picked 25th in the 2009 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, where he remained for three seasons before getting traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

He went to the Pro Bowl twice with the team.

His career ended with the Bills in 2018.

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“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Vontae Davis,” the Bills said in a statement.

“We are thinking of his friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Colts Owner Jim Irsay also said he was heartbroken by the news.

The NFL also wrote on X:

“The NFL is heartbroken to hear about the passing of Vontae Davis.

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Davis’s childhood friend, Bobby Maze, also confirmed the passing in an emotional Facebook statement.

“To my childhood friend and to my brother Vontae Davis rest in peace,” Maze wrote.

“No words can explain how I feel right now.

“You was one of a kind and so full of life.

“Life will never be the same without my brother.

“Them FaceTime calls etc damn I wish we could have one more convo.

“You beat the odds, you made it, you did it your way, it just wasn’t supposed to end like this.”

Davis’ former college football coach, Chester Frazier, also paid tribute on X.

“We lost a great today!!!” Frazier said.

“RIP TO @vontaedavis man nothing but good memories of that dude in school!!”

Post-retirement, Davis was in the news over a drunk driving incident in February 2023.

Police found him asleep on the side of the road in Broward County, Florida after crashing his Tesla.

No cause of death has yet been made public by authorities.

The medical examiner in Broward said it could take weeks to determine his cause of death.

“This morning, Davie Police Officers responded to 6051 SW 178th Avenue in reference to a medical call,” local police said in a statement.

“Officers were called to the residence by the house assistant, who found the homeowner deceased.

“We can confirm that the deceased individual is Vontae Davis, age 35.”

“Preliminary information suggests that foul play is not involved,” the statement added.

Davis played 121 games with the NFL and had 22 interceptions, 97 passes defended, and 395 tackles.

His older brother Vernon Davis was a former NFL tight end and two-time Pro Bowler.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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