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price..."overlooked, and underrated"
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Aug 8, 2007 3:45 AM

Haha gotta love Thurman, Bruce and the boys
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Aug 8, 2007 12:50 AM

Price or Webster?
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Aug 8, 2007 12:22 AM

Awesome read on Price!!!!
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Aug 8, 2007 12:13 AM

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Aug 7, 2007 11:26 PM

Where Are They Now: John Davis
Davis enjoyed the hurry-up offense the Bills used

Jan 8, 2003

John Davis helped Buffalo compile a 13-3 record in 1989 and its first AFC Championship.

For John Davis, Plan B meant bound for Buffalo. The versatile offensive lineman used the NFL free agency system in 1989 to leave the Oilers for the Bills. And actually, it really didn’t take too much convincing.

"The main reason I left Houston was because of (head coach) Jerry Glanville. I didn’t want to play for somebody like him. He’s not a good guy. He obviously wasn’t a very good coach or he’d still be coaching. It gave me an opportunity to move on and I obviously made the right decision," said Davis, who was the second Plan B free agent signed by the Bills. Offensive tackle Caesar Rentie was first, however, Rentie never played a game for the team.

"I don’t think Caesar was willing to learn all the positions. As a backup, you have to learn all the positions and he was pretty much one-dimensional. While I was in Houston, I played all three positions (on the offensive line). And I think that gave me a little bit more of a leg up."

Davis may have had a leg up, but he would have much rather lined up with the offensive starters instead of on field goal attempts and punts.

"When I first decided to go to Buffalo, they told me that I would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job against (right tackle) Joe Devlin. They had intended to move Joe to right guard. I never got that chance. And that’s the only thing that really bothered me, that I never got the chance," Davis said. "If I would have gotten the chance and not been able to produce then I would have understood. But that’s the way things happen and at the time, you really don’t understand it’s a business because you’re young and you’re still wanting to break in and play and be a part of the team. I paid my dues and luckily had a chance the next year."

His timing could not have been much better. Starting at right guard between Kent Hull at center and Howard Ballard at tackle, the trio, along with Jim Ritcher and Will Wolford, allowed the fewest sacks (27) by a Bills team in nine years, not counting the ‘82 strike season. Their efforts helped Buffalo compile a 13-3 record, win the AFC championship and meet the Giants in Super Bowl XXV.

"It was special. I had been waiting a long time to get to the position where I could start and feel like I can contribute. The one thing that they always say is ‘you don’t have the experience, you don’t have the experience.’ I’m like, ‘Well, how do I get it?’ Finally, they gave me an opportunity to go out and play. I felt like I proved to them that I could handle the job."

As well as handle the hurry-up offense. "At the beginning, I was kind of skeptical because of tiring out. Because it’s an up-pace, upbeat offense. But once we got rolling in it, everybody was looking at each other and it was like, ‘You know, we’re not even tired,’" said Davis. "At the end of the game, I realized I just played 30 minutes, but it doesn’t feel like it. I think a lot of players preferred the no-huddle simply because it always kept the defense off balance. And it obviously gave us an advantage."

Though disappointed with the title game loss to New York, Davis and the rest of his teammates continued to keep opponents off balance the following season. However, the road back to the Super Bowl took an unfortunate turn for the guard during the twelfth game of the year, which was played against New England. He "blew out" his right knee and had to undergo season-ending major reconstructive surgery. "It was very frustrating. I felt like that was, by far, my best season that I was playing. I felt that my ‘90 season was good, but I felt that my ‘91 season, I had just taken another step and had played consistently well the whole year. As far as grading out, as far as no penalties and no sacks."

With the same determination that Davis had demonstrated in his goal to become a starter, he would now have to focus most of his attention on his physical therapy.

"The toughest part was knowing I wouldn’t get to play. And you’re not part of the team, regardless of what people say. You’re rehabbing and as much as you want to play, and as much as your teammates want you to play, you’re not in the everyday activities of the team," Davis said. "I give a lot of credit to Mr. Abe (Eddie Abramoski), the trainer at the time, and to Bud Carpenter. They did a wonderful job. It was hard on all of us because we all knew how much I wanted to get in and play."

"I was on a team that did something that will never be done again, and that’s playing in four-straight Super Bowls," said Davis.

Davis achieved his goal of returning in one year. After missing 13 games, including Super Bowl XXVI, he suited-up against the Jets and played on the field goal unit. The same position he was playing when he got injured.

"A lot of emotions were running through. I didn’t want to be out there, but I did want to be out there. And it gave me a good opportunity to get my feet wet again in an actual game situation. I started gaining a little bit more confidence each week. If you look at it now, I wasn’t ready to play. I thought I was at the time, but now I look back and I knew I wasn’t. But you know what? The opportunities come few and far between to play in the NFL and I was going to do anything I could possibly do to get back on that field."

Davis eventually returned to the starting lineup and stayed there through the ‘94 campaign. What is he most proud of of his six seasons with the Bills?

"I was on a team that did something that will never be done again, and that’s playing in four-straight Super Bowls," said Davis. "And also, I look back and one of the things that constantly amazes me is Jim (Kelly) got into the Hall of Fame, and Marv (Levy) got into the Hall of Fame, and my friend, Mike Munchak with Houston got into the Hall of Fame, and personally, I have played with anywhere from 10 to 12 guys with Houston and Buffalo that will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Being able to play on that high level for eight years is something that I’m real proud of."

Davis, his wife, Hester, and their four children: Olivia, 12; Harrison, 8; John Henry, 2 1/2; and three-month-old Julia; are in the process of returning to Western New York. He is working for Beaulieu of America Carpet Co., and sells to distributors and retail stores throughout the area.

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Position Cornerback
Height 5-11
Weight 189
College Ohio State
Years In NFL 2
Acquired '06 Draft (3rd Round)

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