'No more Cowboys': New Lion Jarrad Davis sheds fandom

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Jarrad Davis, middle, poses with his mom, Amy, and dad, John, at Thursday's introductory press conference.

Allen Park – Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis grew up in Georgia, but he wasn’t an Atlanta Falcons fan.

He played four years for the Florida Gators, but he didn’t root for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Jacksonville Jaguars.

Davis certainly didn’t watch the Lions, the team that selected him in the first round of the draft Thursday evening.

No, Davis grew up a Cowboys fan, introduced to “America’s Team” by his father John, an Austin, Texas native.

“I’m going to be completely honest with you, I’m a huge Cowboys fan,” Davis said at his introductory news conference Thursday. “I’m a huge Cowboys fan and I know it might sound crazy for me to say this with a Lions hat on, but I really loved watching the Cowboys growing up and I was all about the Cowboys.”

Lions' first pick Jarrad Davis lowers the boom

Now that he’s in the NFL, that fandom comes to an end.

“There’s been some bad years, there’s been some good years, you know, but I’ve always been a fan,” Davis said. “That’s the kind of person I am, I’m extremely loyal to whoever I’m dealing with at the time. So I’m a Lion now, there’s no more Cowboys. When we play them, then we got to handle business.”

Unfortunately for Davis, he missed out on the Cowboys’ run of dominance in the early 1990s. He was born in 1995 and the team won its last Super Bowl championship in 1996.

Even though Davis claimed his loyalty now belongs to the Lions, he wasn’t fully ready to commit to his new team. Asked to weigh in on the age-old debate – whether Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders was a better running back – Davis declined to answer.

“Great debate, great debate,” he said with a smile “No, I’m going to stay quiet on that one.”


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