Ex-Illinois, NFL cornerback found dead at age 35


SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. — Former Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis was found dead in his South Florida home Monday, but police say no foul play is suspected.
Police in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Davie said they responded to a medical emergency at Davis’ home Monday morning, but the 35-year-old was dead when officers arrived. No cause of death has been released pending autopsy results. Police said in a statement that the investigation is still active.
Davis played for 10 seasons in the NFL after the Dolphins drafted him with the No. 25 pick in 2009 out of Illinois.
We are heartbroken by the sudden passing of former Dolphins CB Vontae Davis and extend our deepest condolences to his family & loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/mB1kYUpZqQ — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 1, 2024
Davis played three seasons in Miami before being traded to the Colts just before the 2012 season. He played six seasons in Indianapolis. Team owner Jim Irsay offered his prayers to Davis’ family in a statement and shared a photo of Davis in a Colts jersey on social media.
Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Vontae Davis. A great guy, teammate, player. My prayers to Vontae’s family.🙏 — Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 1, 2024
The Colts also issued a statement saying they were devastated to hear of Davis’ death.
“He was a standout player in his six seasons with the Horseshoe, but he was an even better teammate who carried a smile and positive energy every day,” the team said.
The Washington, D.C., native signed with the Buffalo Bills for 2018 but left the team at halftime of the season’s second game. He released a statement after the game saying that after multiple injuries and surgeries, “Reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”
The Bills said they were saddened to learn of Davis’ death and that they were “thinking of his friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Davis played in 121 games, intercepting 22 passes and returning one for a touchdown. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 while a member of the Colts.
At Illinois, Davis was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2007-08) and a freshman All-American in 2006. He had seven interceptions in 36 career games. His older brother is former Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.


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