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Tony Davis (American football)

Tony Davis
No. 35, 27
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-01-21) January 21, 1953
Place of birth: Tecumseh, Nebraska
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Debuted in 1976
Last played in 1981
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • MVP of 1974 Cotton Bowl and MVP of 1974 ('75) Sugar Bowl
  • Cincinnati Bengals team MVP, 1977
  • Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame, 1989
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards 91-345
Receptions-yards 27-250
Touchdowns 6
Stats at

Michael E. "Tony" Davis (born January 21, 1953) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. Davis played both I-back and fullback for new Head Coach Tom Osborne at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was Osborne's first 1,000 yard rusher and when he left the Cornhuskers, he was the school's all-time leading rusher. Davis was a 4th round selection (106th overall pick) out of Nebraska by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1976 NFL Draft. Davis played six seasons for the Bengals (1976–1978) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979–1981). In 1977, Davis was selected the Bengals team MVP by a vote of players and fans. Davis also played one season for the Boston Breakers of the USFL.

While at Nebraska, Davis was the Most Valuable Player in two of college football's "Big Four" Bowl games in the same calendar year, the January 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl win over the University of Texas 19-3 and the December 31, 1974 Sugar Bowl win over the University of Florida 13-10. Davis was elected to the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Since his retirement, Davis has worked as a football assistant at Nebraska, coached high school football in Colorado, and worked in Marketing. Currently, Davis is an advocate who works in communication with Congress to address issues prevalent to retired NFL players. He is also an owner/operator of radio station AM 870 KJMP, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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