Andre Davis enters area football Hall of Fame

Niskayuna High School graduate and retired NFL football player Andre Davis, smiles after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Commencement Excercises at Proctors Theatre Thursday, June 26, 2014. (PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Niskayuna High School graduate and retired NFL football player Andre Davis, smiles after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Commencement Excercises at Proctors Theatre Thursday, June 26, 2014. (PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY JOE CARR
For Your Niskayuna

Niskayuna High school football and track star Andre Davis was inducted July 30 into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.

Davis played wide receiver for the football team and sprinted while with the track program at Niskayuna High School. He attended Virginia Tech where he played football and ran track as well.

In 2002, Davis was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He played for other NFL franchises such as the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans.

“It’s a special honor to be inducted,” said Davis. “I’m thankful for all the opportunities I was given to make it here.”

It wasn’t just his own abilities that got him to this point.

“All of my coaches and teammates really helped me along the way,” he said, “they helped build my career and get me in going in the right direction.”

Davis, who spent most of his NFL career with the Houston Texans from 2007-2011, played football in high school for only two seasons. He was previously on the varsity soccer team, but felt that he would be stronger in football.

He was right.

“I enjoyed soccer because many of my friends were on the team,” said Davis, “I felt like football would be better fit and keep me in shape for track.”

Davis played his first season of football as a junior in high school. He says he was never able to play Pop Warner since games were Sunday and he would’ve had to miss church.

“He came out his junior year and it was a challenge for him,” said high school football coach John Furey. “He grew and became better through the process. It was a whole different language for him at first.”

Furey was impressed with Davis’ growth in just a year.

“His senior season, he busted out. He really grew as an offensive player — and a defensive player — and would just make some amazing plays,” Furey said.

Davis spent his whole childhood in the area, which helped give him good competition and shape him as an athlete

“Growing up in this area was great, we had some great competition and when you take it to the regional and national levels, it makes you even better,” Davis said.

After eight years in the NFL, Davis retired and moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he worked with “2 Live Beyond” hosting celebrity golf tournaments to raise money for children who have disabilities or diseases and struggle with poverty.

He currently lives in Delaware with his wife, Janelle, and four children.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.