Former U of I football standout passes away

Davis was 35 years old. (Photo courtesy: Colts/X)

By Blake Haas

FLORIDA – A former University of Illinois football standout player was found dead early Monday morning.

According to WSVN, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida found Vontae Davis at his grandmother’s home.

His grandmother’s home is in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

According to reports, authorities did not identify Davis, Chester Frazier, U of I asst. Men’s basketball coach confirmed the report on social media.

Davis was a first-round pick for the Miami Dolphins in 2009.

The Colts acquired Davis in a trade with the Dolphins before the 2012 season, where he signed a $39 million contract.

Davis was 35 years old.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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