Thursday, March 27, 2008
Packers Long Snapper Rob Davis retires
Rob Davis has quietly spent the last 11 seasons long snapping for the Green Bay Packers. Besides Favre, Davis was the only remaining member of the Packers 97 Superbowl team. Now both have officially retired.
Davis will be headed for the Packers front office as director of player development. Davis had been a player/coach assisting in that department while still playing on Sundays for the past few years.
In his new role, Davis will assist players in adjusting on and off the field and contributing to the community. Davis said he's already contacted some players about his plans.
"We want them to finish their education, that's first and foremost," Davis said. "We all know the smarter you are, the better a football player you will be."
Thompson said Davis, who was one of the most respected leaders in the Packers' locker room throughout his career, should have little trouble succeeding in his new role.
"He's been a tremendous contributor as a player and I have no doubt that he will carry that commitment and enthusiasm to his position," Thompson said in a statement. "He is someone who has always been respected as a leader and mentor in the locker room and we know that will continue."
The Packers signed Thomas Gafford to compete for Davis' vacant position. Gafford lost a training camp competition to Davis in 2006.
A Classy move by the Packers and to keep an asset like Davis around was a great move. Best of luck to Rob Davis in life after football.