11 year veteran lineback Don Davis announced that he is retiring this morning. Davis was an unrestricted free agent, but most likely would have been brought back if he had wished. Davis said he was retiring because he didn’t want to endure through another rehab (put on IR last year).
Don Davis was a great special teams player, a good linebacker, a spare safety :), and overall, very versatile. He fit the Patriots system, on and off the field. In the lockerroom, Don Davis was one of the most emotional leaders for the Patriots. He vocal but caring attitude gave him a mentor role over some of the younger players on the team, on his way to helping the team win two world championships.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity meet and talk to Don Davis. He is one of the nicest players I have ever met. He was kind, had a good sense of humor, and most importantly, a big heart. Davis’ presence will surely be missed, and I wish him well in the next phase of his life.