Vontae Davis, former NFL star, dead at 35


Vontae Davis, a former NFL cornerback and the brother of Super Bowl champion tight end Vernon Davis, has died at the age of 35, according to WSVN 7.
Davis’ body was found dead at a home belonging to his grandmother in Southwest Ranches, Fla.
No foul play was suspected, police told the outlet.
6 Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis has died, according to reports in April 2024. Ethan Miller
6 Vontae Davis played for the Colts during his NFL career. Getty Images
A former Illinois product, Davis was originally selected 25th overall by the Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft.
He spent the first three seasons of his NFL career in Miami before being traded to the Colts ahead of the 2012 NFL season.
Davis earned two Pro Bowl nods during his time in Indianapolis, where he played through the 2017 season.
He signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February 2018, only to retire midway through a game that September.
6 Vontae Davis was originally drafted by the Dolphins in 2009. AP
6 Vontae Davis joined the Bills in 2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images
In February 2023, Davis was charged with driving under the influence in a Broward County, Fla. crash in which his Tesla allegedly hit a truck that was reportedly disabled on the side of the highway.
Davis appeared to be asleep on the side of the road and struggled to stay conscious after being placed into a patrol vehicle by responding officers.
Colts owner Jim Irsay mourned Davis’ death on Monday, sharing an emotional message on X.
6 Ex-NFLer Vontae Davis appeared to be asleep on the side of the highway after being involved in a crash in Broward County, Fla., in Feb. 2023. TMZ Sports
6 The cornerback retired midway through a Bills game in 2018. Getty Images
“Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Vontae Davis. A great guy, teammate, player. My prayers to Vontae’s family,” Irsay wrote.
Illinois assistant basketball coach Chester Frazier also addressed the former NFL pro’s passing on social media.
“#illinination we lost a great today!!! RIP TO @vontaedavis man nothing but good memories of that dude in school!!! Praying for the Davis family!!” the post on X read.


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