Davis, who made his National Football League debut 10 years ago, said he knew he could no longer physically compete at the highest level.
Now, a full day after Davis quit on his team and retired from football during halftime, his now-former head coach admits the team is ready to move on. Davis was a noticeable absentee after half-time and it was later confirmed he told his team-mates he was retiring.
"But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn't be out there anymore", Davis said. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level.
Davis' impromptu retirement caught many of his teammates and fans off-guard. But, physically, I know today that isn't possible and I had an honest moment with myself.
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Davis started the game, but he wasn't spotted on the field or sidelines after the second half.
"Never have seen it ever", linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. Never heard of it.
"It's just completely disrespectful to his teammates", Alexander said. Coming out, they said, 'He's not coming out.
"This was an overwhelming decision, but I'm at peace with myself and my family".