Antone Eugene Davis was born on February 28,1967 and is an American former professional football player who was an offensive tackle and guard in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1990s.
65 Facts About Antone Davis
Antone Davis played one year of football for Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Georgia, and was recruited out of high school by the Tennessee Military Institute, for whom he played one year of college football.
Antone Davis earned a full scholarship to play for the Tennessee Volunteers the following year and started at left guard during his sophomore year in 1988.
Antone Davis was moved to right offensive tackle before his junior year and earned unanimous All-American honors as a senior in 1990.
Antone Davis finished as a finalist for the 1990 Outland Trophy as well, and was drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles as the eighth overall selection in the 1991 NFL Draft.
Antone Davis started in fifteen games again in 1992, missing one game due to a knee sprain.
Antone Davis started in every game for the Eagles in 1993 at right tackle, but was moved inside to left guard in 1994 following the team's pick of tackle Bernard Williams in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Antone Davis struggled at his new position and was benched again for the final two games of the season.
Antone Davis began the 1995 season as a backup, but injuries forced him to start in the final thirteen games of the season.
Antone Davis finished as the runner-up on the twelfth season of the reality television show The Biggest Loser in 2011.
Antone Davis grew up as the youngest of eight children in Fort Valley, Georgia, and attended Peach County High School in Fort Valley.
Antone Davis worked many jobs in high school, including work in the high school cafeteria.
Antone Davis had attendance issues that caused him to be held back in ninth grade.
Antone Davis weighed about 300 pounds at the age of fourteen.
Unable to play football as a sophomore because of his grades, Antone Davis refocused and brought his grades up.
Antone Davis played football as a junior, but could not play as a senior due to his class graduating the year prior.
Antone Davis received a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee the next year.
Antone Davis was named as a finalist for the Outland Trophy in November 1990 as a senior, but lost out to defensive tackle Russell Maryland from Miami.
Antone Davis played in the Hula Bowl on January 18,1991, for the East squad.
Antone Davis earned the University of Tennessee's Chancellor Citation for his community service efforts during his college career, including his contributions with the "Just Say No" campaign, the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Knoxville Community Parks Association.
Antone Davis graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in urban studies in December 1990.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in February 1991, Antone Davis arrived weighing 338 pounds.
Antone Davis ran a 5.2-second 40-yard dash, but received criticism for weight issues and his up-and-down personality.
Antone Davis was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the eighth overall selection in the 1991 NFL Draft, one pick after former Tennessee teammate Charles McRae was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Antone Davis was the first draft pick by new Eagles head coach Rich Kotite.
The Eagles traded up from the 19th pick with the Green Bay Packers to select Antone Davis, giving Green Bay the 19th selection and a first-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Antone Davis was not allowed to practice with the team until he was under contract, thus the compromise contract enabled him to practice while still work to get a long-term deal done.
The compromise was a one-year contract with an option for a second year, and Antone Davis received US$600,000 in signing the first contract.
Antone Davis was projected to be the Eagles' starting right offensive tackle for the 1991 season.
Antone Davis changed his jersey number from 77 to 78 after signing the contract.
Antone Davis had a key block on a Jim McMahon quarterback sneak touchdown and McMahon gave Antone Davis the ball immediately after to spike in celebration.
Antone Davis gave up a total of ten sacks in the first five games of the season.
Collie suffered a knee injury in his second play, and Antone Davis re-entered the game.
Antone Davis gave up two sacks against Charles Haley in the game and was called for holding once, but Kotite said Antone Davis improved from his previous start.
Antone Davis started in every game at right tackle after his benching in 1991.
Antone Davis improved as a blocker in his second season with the Eagles.
At the start of training camp in 1992, Antone Davis vowed to refuse all requests for interviews by the media in an attempt to focus on getting better.
Antone Davis was listed as doubtful before the following game against the Phoenix Cardinals, and did not play in the game.
Antone Davis was listed as doubtful again before the game against the Dallas Cowboys in week nine.
Antone Davis started in all 15 games he played during the regular season, and started in both of the team's playoff games.
Antone Davis played through a shoulder injury early in the 1993 season.
Antone Davis started in every game for the Eagles at right tackle in 1993.
Antone Davis was benched in favor of rookie Joe Panos before a week sixteen game against the New York Giants after committing seven penalties in his previous fourteen starts.
Under new coach Ray Rhodes, Antone Davis was moved back to right tackle in 1995.
Antone Davis replaced him in week three against the San Diego Chargers and started in the remaining thirteen games of the season and two playoff games thereafter.
Antone Davis gave up three sacks against Alonzo Spellman of the Chicago Bears in the final regular season game.
Antone Davis gave up seven total sacks in his fourteen regular season starts.
Antone Davis suffered a mild concussion in a wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions after he was kicked in the head.
Antone Davis gave up two sacks against Tony Tolbert in a divisional round playoff loss to the Cowboys.
Antone Davis was considered a draft bust after being taken in the first round in 1991.
Antone Davis was not re-signed by the Eagles following the 1995 season and became an unrestricted free agent.
Antone Davis worked out for the Atlanta Falcons on April 25,1996.
Antone Davis began the 1996 season as a backup behind David Richards at right tackle.
Richards came back from his injury in week six, but he and Antone Davis split playing time in weeks seven and eight against the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.
Antone Davis did not play in the remaining thirteen games of the season, and was waived by the team on February 11,1998.
Antone Davis finished his seven-year NFL career with 87 starts in 97 games and recovered a fumble in the 1997 season.
Antone Davis owned a restaurant called "Gridiron Grill" in Clermont, Florida, for a short time after his career ended.
Antone Davis worked as a manager of a Chili's restaurant prior to going on The Biggest Loser in 2011, but was fired after his boss requested that he go back to work immediately after returning home for an interim period.
Antone Davis was a contestant on the twelfth season of The Biggest Loser, which premiered on September 20,2011, and ended on December 13,2011.
Antone Davis struggled with his weight after his football career ended, and he weighed 476 pounds before he decided to go on the reality television show.
Antone Davis began the show weighing 447 pounds, and he weighed 245 pounds in the season finale, for a total loss of 202 pounds, or 45.19 percent, and finished as the runner-up behind John Rhode.
The University of Tennessee announced on August 28,2012, that Antone Davis had been hired as the Vol for Life Coordinator for the school's football program.
Antone Davis moved to Delaware to work for JPMorgan Chase with his wife after leaving the University of Tennessee in 2017.
Antone Davis's younger son Braden was a highly-recruited quarterback for Middletown High School and Lake Minneola High School, and committed to play college football for South Carolina in April 2021.
Antone Davis entered the NCAA transfer portal following the 2022 season, and joined Syracuse in May 2023.