Robert (Rob) Davis is a 12-year NFL veteran. He is entering his third year as Green Bay Packers Director of Player Development. Before being named to his new position, he had spent the previous 11 seasons as the Packers’ long snapper, before retiring in March of ’08.
As the director of player development, Davis is vital in maintaining locker-room cohesiveness and overall player health. He assists players in acclimating to their roles, both on and off the field and in the Green Bay community. He worked three years for an opportunity to play in the NFL, spending two training camps with the N.Y. Jets (1993-94), a year with the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions (1995) and a preseason with Kansas City (1996). In 1996, Davis signed with Chicago and played all 16 games as the team’s long snapper. Released by the Bears near the end of the ’97 training camp, he signed with Green Bay in November and handled all long-snapping duties the last seven regular-season games, as well as all three playoff contests, including Super Bowl XXXII.
Davis became the first player ever from Shippensburg (PA) University to play in the NFL and was named to the school’s athletic hall of fame in October 2003. Accompanying his induction, he also became the first player to have his jersey retired by Shippensburg in any sport.
A native of Washington, D.C., Davis and his wife Tara have a daughter, Marlee and son, Kahli.