Willie D. Davis is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Davis grew up in rural Louisiana and graduated from Grambling State University. The Cleveland Browns drafted Davis in the 15th round in the 1958 NFL Draft as an offensive tackle. Davis did not play up to standard at offensive tackle, but, in 1959, Green Bay Packers GM/Head Coach Vince Lombardi noted Davis's speed and agility and tried him at defensive lineman. Thus began one of the greatest careers ever at that position.
Davis wore number 87 during his career with the Packers. For 10 seasons, Davis anchored the Packers' defensive line, playing 138 consecutive regular-season games, part of 162 consecutive regular-season games for his NFL career. Davis was member to all 5 of Lombardi's NFL title-winning teams and played in Super Bowls I and II.
Davis played in an era when neither tackles nor sacks were official statistics. However, John Turney, a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association, and a painstaking, highly respected researcher/statistician, reports that his extensive research indicates Davis had in excess of 100 sacks during his 10-year Green Bay career, "possibly more than 120," including a minimum of 40 over the 1963-65 seasons alone. Davis himself is quoted as saying, "I would think I would have to be the team's all-time leader in sacks. I played 10 years and I averaged in the 'teens' in sacks for those 10 years. I had 25 one season. Hornung just reminded me of that the other day." Davis earned All-Pro honors 5 times. Meanwhile he was voted to the Pro Bowl five times.