As a lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Sean Davis always wanted to have a chance to play for his hometown team. The former Maret School star wore the No. 21 in honor of his childhood hero Sean Taylor and played his idol’s position of safety as well.
Now the 26-year-old D.C. native will have a chance to fulfill that dream as the Redskins signed Davis to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million.
Davis will play alongside Landon Collins, who also donned the same number earlier in his career to honor Taylor, who was fatally shot during a home invasion at his Miami-area residence in 2007.
“I’m from Maryland, so I’m a Redskins fan,” Davis said. “He wore No. 21, and his name was Sean, and I was like, ‘this dude is perfect.’ I just want to idolize myself after him. I loved everything about him. I’m a quiet dude, and he was real quiet to himself, just like me. I definitely love Sean Taylor.”
Davis is familiar with the area after playing high school football at Maret, where he operated on both sides of the ball. During his senior year, Davis accounted for 87 tackles and three interceptions on defense, and he racked up more than 1,400 yards on offense and scored 12 total touchdowns, showing his versatility.
“I was overlooked,” Davis said of his recruiting process. “I was undersized, coming from a very small school, but Maret is a good school, and I love where I came from.”
The ballhawking defender stayed close to home and played collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he started at the cornerback position before moving to safety his senior year.
During his four-year stint with the Terrapins, Davis racked up 319 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five interceptions. He also held top-10 honors in total tackles in the ACC (2013) and led the Big Ten Conference in solo tackles in 2014.
His stellar play at Maryland garnered the interest of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Davis played in 48 games for the Steelers, recording 247 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five interceptions.
He was on pace to have another exceptional year in 2019, but suffered a gruesome shoulder injury in Week 2, and the team put him on injured reserve shortly after.
The Redskins have struggled to find a suitable safety following the death of Taylor. Since 2007, Washington has used more than 20 players at the position to replace the former Pro Bowler.
Defensively, Washington ranked 18th against the pass, 31st against the run and No. 27 overall during the 2019 season.
However, Davis could be the answer if he comes back healthy and jells with Collins.