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‘If you knew him you loved him’: NFL in mourning as two-time Pro Bowl star dead at 35

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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, Florida.

No foul play was suspected, police told the outlet.

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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.

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.

“Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Vontae Davis. A great guy, teammate, player. My prayers to Vontae’s family,” Irsay wrote.

Vontae Davis passed away at age 35. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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Former Colts punter Pat McAfee also paid tribute to Davis.

During Monday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Show,” the former punter, who played with Davis for five seasons in Indianapolis from 2012-16, said it’s a “very tough” time — and encouraged others to reach out and check on their friends. “Vontae was an incredibly cool dude, good guy, nice guy, upbeat guy, energetic guy,” McAfee said.

“I think what we’ll remember him for is being an incredibly cool teammate in that locker room and being a guy that all of us enjoyed being around on a daily basis.

“ … Literally, if you knew him you loved him and you enjoyed the hell out of him. And today’s been tough, it’s going to be tough, but it’s a nice perspective-putter to remind everybody to reach out to your people … I haven’t talked to him in months and obviously I’m never going to get to do it again.

“So reach out to your people, tell them you appreciate them, tell them you like them, tell them they’re not alone … Rest in Peace Vontae, ya done good pal … Had no clue this was coming, nobody did.”

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reposted with permission

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