Happy Birthday to TCU and NFL great Kenneth Davis, born on this day in April of 1962. A Temple high product, Davis ran for almost 3,000 yards as Wildcat. During his three seasons at Temple the Wildcats were 37-2 including a state title in 1979.
From Temple Davis headed off to TCU to play for F.A. Dry. Dry may or may not have been in on a slush fund to pay for players, more than a common practice in those days. More on the slush fund later. Davis' real success came under the great Jim Wacker. In 1984, Wacker's Frogs improved on their one win campaign the previous year with an 8-4 record and a Bluebonnet Bowl bid. Davis ran for over 1,600 yards and accounted for 17 total touchdowns. Davis averaged 7.6 yards a carry and finished 5th in the Heisman balloting in '84. He was All-Conference and an All-American. Davis was TCU's first football All-American since Bob Lilly.
Back to that slush fund, apparently Davis confided in an assistant coach that he had been paid under the table by a prominent booster, once Wacker got wind Davis and five others were suspended for all but one game of the 1985 season. TCU tanked and Davis went on to the NFL, first with the Green Bay Packers and then onto the Buffalo Bills where Davis backed up the great Thurman Thomas.
Davis was part of four Super Bowl teams in Buffalo, he retired in 1995. In his nine NFL seasons Davis rushed for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns. Davis is now the Athletic Director at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas.
Happy Birthday to the great Kenneth Davis!