Former Northern Illinois University football player and Canadian Football League veteran Eddie Davis will be enshrined in the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Plaza of Honor Sept. 20, 2013 the CFL team announced this week.
Davis played 15 seasons in the Canadian Football League, nine (2001-2009) with the Roughriders. He ranks 14th all-time in the Roughriders’ record book in interceptions with 19 picks and helped lead the Roughriders to the Grey Cup in 2007.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Davis began his CFL career in 1995 with the Birmingham Barracudas before playing five seasons (1996-2000) for the Calgary Stampede. He tallied 913 total tackles, 34 interceptions, 111 pass break ups and 16 quarterback sacks in 254 career games. Davis was a member of two Grey Cup Championship winning teams and was named a CFL All-Star four times and a West Division All-Star five times.
“I played in four Grey Cups, and I played on a team that was in the outhouse when I started and is in the penthouse when I finished,” Davis told the league’s website when he retired. “I have no complaints.”
A four-year letterwinner for Northern Illinois from 1991-94, Davis started 19 of 41 games during his Huskie career. He recorded 129 tackles, including a career-high 53 during his junior season, and four interceptions, a career-best three as a senior. Davis also accumulated 321 yards on 16 kickoff returns and had one punt return for 14 yards in 1994.