We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanard Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanard, is there something you believe many others might not?
Being average isn’t ok. Growing up in Miami I was in a drug infested environment. Seeing crime and everyday and my mother using drugs changed my mindset on what was the meaning of life. Sports like track and football help me put things into perspective. My mother and father knew right from wrong but chose the easy way to raise me. That fueled my desire to become something that they could be proud of and give them inspiration ! And that was to be a scholar and to find what defines as success. I love my mother and father , at the same time that taught me that being average is not acceptable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While attending the University of Miami, he continued to be a dual-sport athlete running Track and playing Football. In 2005, he won the Big East 60 meter indoor championship tying Santana Moss’ record. While playing football under Larry Coker, he was a contributing player and was able to achieve a BCS championship in the Orange Bowl against Florida State University. After graduating in 2005, he entered the NFL Draft, where he was chosen as a Free Agent to the Indianapolis Colts. That year he made the teams Practice Squad and was a contributing player and helped the Colts win the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami, FL. He went on to play for the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles within a two year span before ending his football career with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 2010. Thereafter, he pursued a career in law enforcement to serve his community as a Police Officer for Gwinnett County in the state of Georgia for seven years. Upon resignation as a Senior Police Officer, Tanard. Davis Was a working actor in Atlanta, Georgia starting films like all eyes on me the story of 2Pac and other short films. While acting, he decided to return to the professional sports realm. In 2018, he became a professional Jai Alai player at Magic City Casino. In the augural year, he won the Doubles Championship and also won over 100 games in singles matches as a rookie. Tanard Davis is an ambassador for Magic City Casino and the sport of Jai Alai as he pushes forward optimism and dedication to bring the sport of Jai Alai back to its glory days. Tanard Davis’ path as a successful professional athlete and person was one that is usually not known, yet typical in regards to the grind, the traveling from team to team, and profession the struggles of life ultimately show what one is made of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wynwood is the place i would show a friend that is in town. It has a lot of great restaurants and outdoor places that give a great showcase of Miami. South Florida is a big melting pot so anywhere I choose would be a place for great time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The 2003 university of Miami Coaching staff and weight room. Andrew Swaze to be more specific.