Elgin Davis

Elgin Davis

Event:
Football: 1983-86

Hall of Fame:
Class of 2010

At an early age Elgin Davis learned life principles from his family's strong spiritual beliefs and humble roots. His unique gifts and talents earned him respect and honor among his community and peers. Quickly, Elgin established himself as a leader on and off the field, and received many accolades in high school, including President of Christian Athletes, captain of the football and track teams, and recognition from America's Outstanding Names and Faces. His tenacity on the football field earned him recognition as one of the state's top football prospects and he was bestowed the athlete of the year in high school.

He attended the University of Central Florida on a full athletic scholarship. During his junior and senior year he was a Dean's List recipient and voted captain of the football team. Elgin evolved into the most prolific runner in school history at the time. Davis completed his collegiate career at UCF with nearly all the school's career rushing records.

He finished his career - all four years as a starter - with 2,064 yards on 464 rushes (4.4 average) and 23 touchdowns. Davis's longest run was a 79-yard TD vs. Sanford, which came in his last game (gained 118 yards on three carries that game, a 66-7 verdict). He was hampered by knee and ankle injuries as a sophomore and junior, but had a fine senior campaign with 597 yards on 124 carries for a 4.8 average with seven TDs. In 1985, his junior year, he gained 338 yards on 64 carries (5.3 average) and had one TD for 4-7 club (best game: 80 yards vs. Bethune Cookman, including 42-yard TD run). As a freshman, in 1983 Davis had 786 yards on 156 attempts (5.2 average) and scored nine TDs. His 786 yards that season were the most any UCF back had ever gained in a career, to that point.

In 1987, the New England Patriots drafted Elgin Davis into the NFL, and he became the second player ever drafted out of UCF. There, he played two seasons before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

He dressed in four games with the Patriots in 1987 and finished with nine rushes for 43 yards (4.8 avg., long of 27). Davis had his best game at Houston with 47 yards on seven carries (6.7 avg.). He returned five kickoffs for 134 yards with a long of 43 yards. The following year, he returned six kickoffs for 106 yards.

He ended his career with the London Monarchs of the World Football League. Shortly afterwards, Elgin answered the call to ministry, and worked diligently within his community to help correct many political and social ills that affect society.

Today, he resides in Orlando, FL and works in real estate.

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