Demario Davis – Outside Linebacker, New Orleans Saints

Demario Davis was born in Collins, Mississippi. His friends and family often refer to him by his nickname, Double-D. He and his wife, Tamela, have two daughters, Bailey-Grace and Summer-Joy, and a son, Roman-Parker. Demario attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi, and played wide receiver for two seasons before moving to linebacker. As a hobby in his free time, Demario is learning how to play piano. His favorite movie is The Lion King and his favorite TV show is Power. He lists hip-hop as his favorite type of music and Trip Lee as his favorite artist.

Played in 48 career games at Arkansas State, starting the final 37 of his career. Amassed 230 career tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, including one he returned 53 yards for a TD. Demario also added seven career passes defensed, four interceptions, and a 75-yard interception-return TD. Three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and he also earned his bachelor’s degree in communications.

Drafted by the New York Jets in 2012 in the 3rd round, 77th overall pick. Rookie year blossomed as a key special teams player, then started three consecutive years for them. Amassed over 350 tackles, 6 sacks, and became a vocal leader in the locker room.

Signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and was voted by teammates 1 of 5 team captains. On June 1st, 2016, was traded back to the Jets by the Browns for S Calvin Pryor. On March 19, 2018, the New Orleans Saints signed Demario to a three-year contract.

How do you define success?
Success is knowing what you’re placed on earth to do, and maximizing it to the best of your ability.

What is the key to success?
Knowing your purpose, and aligning your walk with it.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
The key to finding your purpose is knowing who gave it to you in the first place.

What are some quotes that you live by?
“All things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28.

What are some of your favorite books?

The Bible, and any self help books.

Tell me about one of the toughest days you’ve had as a professional athlete.
NFL – Getting my snaps cut down because I wasn’t performing well.

When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
Faith in God, knowing that in every trial he will teach me something that I can use once elevated from the situation.

What advice would you give to young athletes?
Have your priorities in order, and never sacrifice them.

Jason Navallo

Jason Navallo is the author of five books: American Dream, Thrive, Never Give Up, Success, and Driven to Succeed. He has an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Louisiana State University and lives in NYC.