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* 1× Second-team [[All-Pro]] selection (1963)
 
* 1× Second-team [[All-Pro]] selection (1963)
 
* 5× NFL Champion (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
 
* 5× NFL Champion (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
* 2× [[Super Bowl]] Champion (I, II)
 
* [[Pro Football Hall of Fame]] (1981 inductee)
 
 
* [[NFL 1960s All-Decade Team]]
 
* [[NFL 1960s All-Decade Team]]
 
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'''Willie D. Davis''' (born July 24, 1934, in [[Lisbon, Louisiana]]) is a former [[American football]] defensive end for the [[Cleveland Browns]] and the [[Green Bay Packers]] of the [[National Football League]]. Davis grew up in rural Louisiana and graduated from [[Grambling State University]]. The [[Cleveland Browns]] drafted Davis in the 15th round in the 1958 [[National Football League|NFL]] Draft as an [[Lineman (football)|offensive tackle]]. Davis did not play up to standard at offensive tackle, but, in 1959, [[Green Bay Packers]] GM/Head Coach [[Vince Lombardi]] noted Davis's speed and agility and tried him at [[defensive lineman]]. Thus began one of the greatest careers ever at that position.
 
'''Willie D. Davis''' (born July 24, 1934, in [[Lisbon, Louisiana]]) is a former [[American football]] defensive end for the [[Cleveland Browns]] and the [[Green Bay Packers]] of the [[National Football League]]. Davis grew up in rural Louisiana and graduated from [[Grambling State University]]. The [[Cleveland Browns]] drafted Davis in the 15th round in the 1958 [[National Football League|NFL]] Draft as an [[Lineman (football)|offensive tackle]]. Davis did not play up to standard at offensive tackle, but, in 1959, [[Green Bay Packers]] GM/Head Coach [[Vince Lombardi]] noted Davis's speed and agility and tried him at [[defensive lineman]]. Thus began one of the greatest careers ever at that position.
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Davis wore number 87 during his career with the Packers. For 10 seasons, Davis anchored the Packers' defensive line, playing 138 consecutive regular-season games, part of 162 consecutive regular-season games for his NFL career. Davis was member to all 5 of Lombardi's NFL title-winning teams and played in Super Bowls I and II.
 
Davis wore number 87 during his career with the Packers. For 10 seasons, Davis anchored the Packers' defensive line, playing 138 consecutive regular-season games, part of 162 consecutive regular-season games for his NFL career. Davis was member to all 5 of Lombardi's NFL title-winning teams and played in Super Bowls I and II.
   
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In the early 1970s, Davis worked as a [[color commentator]] on NFL telecasts for [[NFL on NBC|NBC]]. He was inducted into the [[Pro Football Hall of Fame]] in 1981. In 1986, Davis was named the [[Walter Camp Man of the Year]]. In 1987, he was given the Career Achievement Award from the [[NFL Alumni]], and in 1988 he was elected to the [[Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame]] in 1988. In 1999, he was ranked number 69 on ''[[The Sporting News]]''' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
 
In the early 1970s, Davis worked as a [[color commentator]] on NFL telecasts for [[NFL on NBC|NBC]]. He was inducted into the [[Pro Football Hall of Fame]] in 1981. In 1986, Davis was named the [[Walter Camp Man of the Year]]. In 1987, he was given the Career Achievement Award from the [[NFL Alumni]], and in 1988 he was elected to the [[Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame]] in 1988. In 1999, he was ranked number 69 on ''[[The Sporting News]]''' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
   
Davis is a member of [[Kappa Alpha Psi]] fraternity. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1968. He is a member or former member of the boards of Alliance Bank, [[Dow Chemical]] (1988–2006), [[Johnson Controls]] (1991–2006), [[K-Mart]], [[L.A. Gear]], [[Manpower Inc.|Manpower]] (2001-), [[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]] (1999-), [[MGM Mirage]], [[Rally's]] Inc., [[Sara Lee (corporation)|Sara Lee]] (1983-), [[Schlitz]] Brewing, and [[WICOR]] Inc. He has been president of All-Pro Broadcasting, operators of radio stations [[KCXX-FM]], [[KATY-FM]], [[WLDB|WLDB-FM]], [[WLUM-FM]], and [[WZTI]] since 1976.
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Davis is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1968. He is one of the most powerful business people in the world, as a member or former member of the boards of Alliance Bank, [[Dow Chemical]] (1988–2006), [[Johnson Controls]] (1991–2006), [[K-Mart]], [[L.A. Gear]], [[Manpower Inc.|Manpower]] (2001-), [[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]] (1999-), [[MGM Mirage]], [[Rally's]] Inc., [[Sara Lee (corporation)|Sara Lee]] (1983-), [[Schlitz]] Brewing, and [[WICOR]] Inc. He has been president of All-Pro Broadcasting, operators of radio stations [[KCXX-FM]], [[KATY-FM]], [[WLDB|WLDB-FM]], [[WLUM-FM]], and [[WMCS]] since 1976.
   
 
Davis' son is [[actor]] [[Duane Davis]].
 
Davis' son is [[actor]] [[Duane Davis]].
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| NAME = Davis, Willie
 
| NAME = Davis, Willie
 
| ALTERNATIVE NAMES =
 
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| SHORT DESCRIPTION = Player of American football
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| DATE OF BIRTH = July 24, 1934
 
| DATE OF BIRTH = July 24, 1934
 
| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Lisbon, Louisiana]]
 
| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Lisbon, Louisiana]]
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[[Category:1934 births]]
 
[[Category:1934 births]]
 
[[Category:Living people]]
 
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[[Category:Players of American football from Louisiana]]
 
[[Category:Players of American football from Louisiana]]
 
[[Category:African-American businesspeople]]
 
[[Category:African-American businesspeople]]
[[Category:African-American players of American football]]
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