Watch: Demario Davis leads the Saints pregame huddle in Week 17

Watch: Demario Davis leads the Saints pregame huddle in Week 17

He’s back: linebacker Demario Davis returned to the New Orleans Saints after missing last week’s game on the COVID-19 reserve list and immediately made an impact, resuming his leadership role prior to kickoff with the Carolina Panthers. Davis addressed his huddled teammates from their home end zone at the Caesars Superdome.

These weekly pregame speeches have been one of the longest-enduring traditions in the Sean Payton era, with Drew Brees passing the torch off to Davis in his later years and Cameron Jordan filling in for him in Week 16. Davis remains one of the best linebackers in the game today, no matter what the obsolete Pro Bowl roster might tell you, but his strengths as a leader are only part of what’s made him such an effective pickup for New Orleans. He’s a game-changing talent on the field, too.

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Watch: Demario Davis gets his Saints teammates hyped up before Titans kickoff

Watch: Demario Davis gets his Saints teammates hyped up before Titans kickoff

Demario Davis is the kind of leader that speaks with his actions and his words. The New Orleans Saints’ defensive captain is known for his All-Pro efforts on the field, but he’s been just as eager to get his teammates riled up in the final minutes before kickoff — so here’s a quick look into this week’s pregame speech.

It’s important to have tone-setters like Davis leading the team. The leadership and sky-high level of play he brings to the table gets everyone around him up and ready to compete. Hopefully they can overcome a long list of injuries to push the AFC-leading Tennessee Titans.

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Demario Davis missed Saints practice for the birth of his daughter

Demario Davis missed Saints practice for the birth of his daughter

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Good news, everyone: Amie Just of the Times-Picayune | Advocate reported Thursday afternoon that Demario Davis had a very good reason for missing the day’s New Orleans Saints practice session — joining his wife Tamela for the birth of their daughter, Stormie-Love. She is the couple’s fifth child.

It’s great to see Davis and his family are doing well, and it’s a safe bet that the All-Pro linebacker will be looking to dedicate his performance in the Saints’ upcoming home game with the New York Giants to their new addition. Good for them.

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Watch: Demario Davis delivers first Saints pregame speech of 2021

Watch: Demario Davis delivers first Saints pregame speech of 2021

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Alvin Kamara may be the face of the franchise post-Drew Brees, but Demario Davis might be the loudest voice in the New Orleans Saints locker room. Davis began leading the pregame huddle when Brees missed time with an injury in 2018, and he’s taken on that role full-time now that No. 9 has entered retirement.

Davis spoke to his teammates before their Week 1 kickoff with the Green Bay Packers, acknowledging the oddness of playing a home game in Jacksonville, due to Hurricane Ida — and stressing the need to come away with a win for the fans back home.

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Demario Davis to be inducted to Arkansas State Hall of Honor

Saints LB Demario Davis to be inducted to Arkansas State Hall of Honor

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Here’s good news for Demario Davis: the New Orleans Saints linebacker will be inducted to the Arkansas State Hall of Honor in September, where he’ll join other prominent Red Wolves athletes. It’s a big moment for Davis, who credits the coaching and positive environment he encountered at Arkansas State with turning his life around.

He’s got an argument to be the best free agent signing in Saints history behind Drew Brees. Davis answered a decades-long drought at linebacker after joining the black and gold in 2018, playing at an even higher level than fan-favorite predecessors like Jonathan Vilma. He won a spot on the All-Pro first team in 2019 and has become one of the most popular players on the team in recent years.

He’s also the only player in the NFL to record at least 110 tackles (10 or more of them for loss of yards) and four sacks in each of the last four years, three of which were spent with the Saints. He turned 32 back in January, but he’s still playing the best football of his career.

The ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 3, falling in-between New Orleans’ final preseason game on Aug. 28 and their Week 1 kickoff on Sept. 12. It’s unclear whether Davis will be able to attend with heightened COVID-19 concerns abounding, but here’s hoping he gets to enjoy the moment at some point with those close to him.

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Demario Davis hopeful Drew Brees returns for 2021

New Orleans Saints LB Demario Davis is hopeful his teammate QB Drew Brees won’t retire just yet, instead returning for the 2021 season.

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Don’t count Demario Davis among the crowd calling for Drew Brees to retire. The New Orleans Saints linebacker gave his quarterback a vote of confidence on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” program on Thursday, expressing hope Brees will return for another title run in the 2021 season.

“I hope so. Man I sure hope so,” Davis replied when asked if Brees is coming back. “I would feel much better if I could guarantee that he was.”

It’s easy to understand his stance. Davis joined Brees as an elected team captain right away after signing with the Saints in 2018, and they’ve gone 42-13 since then (including the playoffs). His previous quarterbacks have included Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cody Kessler, and Josh McCown, and his past teams went a combined 34-62. He knows the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

So you have to think he’s hoping for stability. We’ll find out soon what’s coming next for New Orleans; Saints coach Sean Payton expects Brees to announce his decision after Super Bowl LV, and general manager Mickey Loomis is comfortable waiting on Brees to share that news himself. Other leaders on the team like Malcolm Jenkins understand it’s not an easy call for Brees to make, given how many injuries have stacked up for the passer in recent years.

Whatever decision Brees makes, whether to return or retire, it’ll impact everyone around him, including his Saints teammates. You have to think that’s weighing on him, too, along with all the other factors at play. If he does decide his playing days are behind him, the Saints can trust they’ll still have Davis commanding their defense.

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Demario Davis reacts to Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis thanked the team for his Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nomination during a difficult year.

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Demario Davis was nominated for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award this week, and the New Orleans Saints linebacker took time to thank the team for that recognition from his official Twitter account.

Between his efforts on the field — which earned him an All-Pro nod and a three-year contract extension this offseason — and his leadership in advocating for civil rights and criminal justice reform off of it, Davis has had a busy year and proven how much he means to his community.

The award’s winner will be announced in January; here’s how you can support Davis in the weeks ahead.

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Demario Davis nominated for 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

The New Orleans Saints nominated LB Demario Davis for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, recognizing him for his leadership.

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The NFL released its list of nominees from all 32 teams for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, with the New Orleans Saints nominating linebacker Demario Davis. Davis, a third-year team captain who earned All-Pro recognition in 2019 and signed a long-term contract extension the night before the Saints’ season-opener.

Nominees will wear unique helmet decals for the rest of the 2020 season and receive a $50,000 donation to a charity of their choice. The award’s winner, which will be announced during the annual NFL Honors event preceding this year’s Super Bowl, will also receive another $250,000 donation in their name.

This honor is awarded to players who have earned it through their exemplary leadership on and off the field, and Davis fits the bill: besides his achievements during games, he has been a champion for civil rights and criminal justice reform in New Orleans and his home state of Mississippi.

Davis’ teammate Drew Brees is one of a few active players to have won the award (doing so back in 2006); each of them is recognized with a gold jersey patch depicting the trophy. Other recent nominees from New Orleans include left tackle Terron Armstead, running back Mark Ingram, and defensive end Cameron Jordan.


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Demario Davis says his 1-year old daughter is cancer-free

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis told TMZ Sports that his daughter Carly-Faith is cancer-free after a battle with retinoblastoma.

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Here’s some great news: New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis announced Monday that his young daughter Carly-Faith is free of retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer. The treatment required surgical removal, and Carly-Faith now wears a prosthetic.

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LISTEN: Demario Davis fires up the Saints before kickoff vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis delivered his signature Sunday sermon to his teammates before kickoff with the Chicago Bears.

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If the New Orleans Saints are going to defeat the Chicago Bears in Week 8 at Soldier Field, it will be because linebacker Demario Davis and his teammates kept the Bears offense in check long enough for their teammates to go to work against the Chicago defense.

So Davis made sure to set the tone right away in their pregame huddle, delivering his usual Sunday sermon after warmups. The veteran linebacker is a fiery orator, and it’s easy to see why he was voted a team captain his first year in New Orleans. Having signed a multiyear contract extension just before the 2020 season started, he’s also going to be here for the long haul.

Hopefully it all translates into results. The Saints defense hasn’t played up to its usual standards this year, allowing 17 touchdown passes in their first six games. They’ll have to do a much better job pressuring Bears quarterback Nick Foles and guarding the weapons he’ll be working with.

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