Ex-NFL Star Found Dead at 35

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(StraightNews.org) – Former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis has been found dead in his Florida mansion. Officers from the Davie police department attended Mr. Davis’ home after receiving a call from a member of his staff. An officer subsequently found the 35-year-old’s body, but it is unclear how he died. Police said a preliminary examination ruled out foul play, but investigations are ongoing.

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office said it could take up to 90 days to establish the cause and manner of death.

Former teammates and NFL officials have paid tribute to the star on social media, including Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said he is “extremely saddened” by losing a “great guy, teammate, and player.” Mr. Davis played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2017.

Born in Washington, DC, in 1988, Davis began his athletic career at Dunbar High School, playing football as a cornerback and wide receiver. He was also one of his region’s top sprinters, recording a personal best of 10.97 seconds in the 100-meter dash in 2006.

He played college football in Illinois in 2006 before launching his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins three years later. Memorably, he retired in 2018 halfway through his final game with the Buffalo Bills. When he didn’t return with his teammates for the second half, he told reporters, “Reality hit me fast and hard. I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”

The star’s death comes a year after police found him asleep by the side of a highway in Florida. Davis had crashed his Tesla and afterward laid down on State Road 821 to sleep off the alcohol he had consumed. Images published at the time showed that he nodded off again in the back of a police car. He was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and pay the medical bills of other motorists injured in the crash. He cut a plea deal with Broward County prosecutors after insisting he had only downed two drinks.

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