Eric Davis (American football)

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Eric Davis
Eric Davis at Serramonte Center 2010-01-30 1.JPG
Davis in January 2010
No. 25, 26
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1968-01-26) January 26, 1968 (age 53)
Anniston, Alabama
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Anniston (AL)
College: Jacksonville State
NFL Draft: 1990  / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:659
Sacks:2.0
Forced fumbles:14
Fumble recoveries:12
Interceptions:38
Defensive touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Eric Wayne Davis (born January 26, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft. Davis played in 13 NFL seasons from 1990 to 2002. He played college football at Jacksonville State. In October 2008, he was elected to the Division II College Hall of Fame. In May 2013, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

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NFL career

Davis is the all-time leader in consecutive NFL playoff games (five) with at least one interception. [1]

Davis was a pivotal player in the 1994 NFC Championship Game versus the Dallas Cowboys when he made two key plays early in the game: a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game's third play from scrimmage [2] and a forced fumble on Michael Irvin that led to another 49ers touchdown. [3] These plays helped the 49ers beat the previous two-time champion Cowboys to advance to Super Bowl XXIX. [3] The 49ers went on to beat the San Diego Chargers 49–26. [4] In 1995, Davis went to the Pro Bowl and helped the 49ers be the number-one ranked defense.

In 1996, he became a free agent and signed with the Carolina Panthers, [5] helping them reach the NFC title game only to lose to eventual Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers. [6] After playing for one year (2001) with the Denver Broncos, in 2002, he ended his career with the Detroit Lions. [7]

Broadcasting career

In the 2000s, Davis worked as a color analyst for the 49ers during the preseason on KPIX-TV, and also analyzed on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. In 2011, he was hired as the color analyst for the 49ers radio broadcasts, joining Ted Robinson in the booth, and replacing Gary Plummer. [8] [9] He was also the cohost of "The Drive with Tierney and Davis" on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. [10]

In 2012, he became a cohost/analyst for a new weekday morning show on NFL Network titled NFL AM . [10] He continued to serve as the 49ers' radio analyst through the 2013 season.

In 2015, he became a regular contributor on The Rich Eisen Show [11] while moving to The NFL Network’s flagship program Total Access. In 2016 he became cohost on the afternoon drive show at espnLA.

In 2019 he became cohost of Bleav in 49ers Podcast.

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