Former UCF Knights wide receiver Gabriel Davis retired his Seminole High School jersey
SANFORD, Fla. – Is it cool to take off your old high school jersey? That’s what happened with now Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis. The ceremony in the basketball hall of his old high school was pretty cool. However, his efforts that led to this point took place long before.
Before he was a star, before he even signed to play for UCF, Davis did things a little differently than a lot of other players. It wasn’t enough for him to train, hit the weights, or watch movies of himself and his opponents. His speech may not even put his efforts in perspective either. Still, the expression on Davis’ face shows he’s proud of how far he’s come.
To speak to those who have been around Davis, his inner strength of commitment to being better every day is not really definable. What he defines is that sometimes football players take a bit longer to get up to speed and become top players.
Hailing from Sanford (Florida) Seminole, Davis was not a household name. He didn’t have the offers from programs like Alabama, Georgia or Ohio State. There were no Power Five deals, actually. What he had was an opportunity at neighboring UCF, and Davis took full advantage of it.
Is it the norm? Of course not. Recruitment rankings matter, most often. It’s just not an automatic, however, as some would like to think. Hats off to Davis for transforming himself from a long, lean frame with the potential to become a physical presence and one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. He did it the old fashioned way.
Davis is still working his craft at UCF in the offseason, and it’s not uncommon for someone to see him walking around between practices. It’s pretty cool when someone as decorated as Davis still sticks to the same routine that got him his big break. Most NFL players tend to stay away from fans and the media once they’ve established themselves in the NFL. Davis did the opposite.
Good for him. Good for UCF. Remaining on campus and at the UCF practice facility, he is a great role model for current UCF players arriving. Achieving his dreams of one day cashing in on the riches of the NFL is possible if he works his craft and sticks to the plan. Davis did. Why can’t they?
Hats off to Davis. He’s now a dominating NFL player who scored four touchdowns in an NFL playoff game and is likely headed for a massive contract in the near future.
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