Davis was a standout football player in high school, college and in the NFL. At Grimsley High School, he was an All-State defensive lineman; he also excelled in track, winning the state discus title in 1983. He played at UNC and was first-team All-ACC as a junior. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Davis also played with Arizona and San Diego. He was a member of the 1994 Chargers team that played in the Super Bowl. Davis played 11 NFL seasons and recorded 20½ sacks. He also returned an interception 13 yards for a TD and recorded a safety.