By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (June 22, 2016) — In his own words, Cody Davis is getting “back to (his) roots,” in Stephenville this week.
Davis returns to his hometown annually to host the Cody Davis Student of the Game Football Camp at Stephenville High School, where he was a two-time all-state defensive back for the Yellow Jackets and a graduate with the class of 2008.
“It feels great to be here. It’s hard to get back because we’ve been busy jumping around, doing the world tour trying to squeeze everything into the offseason,” said Davis, in an interview moments before doing a radio show live from the lobby of Bruner Motors Chevrolet-GMC showroom Wednesday. “It’s great to get back to my roots and to have this opportunity to come out and interact with fans and see some old friends.”
The offseason has been whirlwind indeed for Davis, a special teams stalwart and safety for the Los Angeles Rams, who just made the move from St. Louis. Davis even made the ballot for the Pro Bowl last year, a first for the third-year pro who was an Academic All-American at Texas Tech.
“It’s hard to get out of the routine of saying St. Louis,” Davis admitted. “But the people of Los Angeles have been so great and just welcomed us with open rams. It’s great to be a Los Angeles Ram.”
For most, the move to the west coast would be the highlight of the offseason. But then, most NFL players didn’t just become a father for the first time. Davis and his wife, Ashley, are proud parents of Kane, a four-month old son.
Kane was born in February, and in March, proud father Cody signed a new contract keeping him with the Rams.
“It’s a huge responsibility and it changes your whole perspective on things like how much your father and parents mean to you,” Davis said. “You realize how lucky and blessed you are to have your parents in your life and just hope and pray you can be as good for your own son.”
Before returning to the NFL for training camp, Davis is excited about Saturday and his time with the youth of Stephenville.
“The camp is awesome. I think it’s even more exciting for me than it is for the kids,” said Davis. “One of the main reasons I wanted to get to this level was to be able to give back, get involved and pass the torch to help younger kids get a good grasp on not only football but life; to give them some positive direction and influence.”