Demario Davis is an NFL Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. In Brandon, Mississippi, Davis attended Brandon High School where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He excelled in football, recording 81 tackles, six interceptions and a sack his senior year, while also scoring four touchdowns as a receiver, all of which earning him a spot on the Clarion Ledger All-Metro team. He later played college football at Arkansas State University, recording a team-leading 80 tackles as a sophomore and earning all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons.
Davis was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2012. He signed a four-year, $2.81 million contract with a $618,000 signing bonus. After a successful stint with New York that saw him earn the 15th highest overall grade among 60 inside linebackers by Pro Football Focus, Davis became an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. In 2016 the Cleveland Browns signed him to a two year, $8 million contract with a $2 million signing bonus. He finished the season with 99 combined tackles, two pass deflections and two sacks in 16 games.
In 2018, after returning for a season to the Jets, Demario again became an unrestricted free agent. Thought of as the top linebacker in free agency, the New Orleans Saints signed him to a three year, $24 million contract with a $9.2 million signing bonus. He later signed a three year, $27 million extension with the Saints, where he currently plays.
A devout Christian, husband, and father of five, Demario now resides near his hometown of Brandon, Mississippi, just three hours away in New Orleans.