OXON HILL – New helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment could be on the way soon for the Oxon Hill High School football team after Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis chose to donate $1,000 to the school through USA Football. Davis donated the equipment grant after USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a […]
OXON HILL – New helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment could be on the way soon for the Oxon Hill High School football team after Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis chose to donate $1,000 to the school through USA Football.
Davis donated the equipment grant after USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a partner of the National Football League, selected the Pro-Bowl corner to its All-Fundamentals team.
Davis did not graduate from Oxon Hill, but his former coach at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., Craig Jefferies, now leads the helm for the Clippers.
“Coach Jefferies was instrumental in helping my development as a player and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,” Davis said. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to give back to his program.”
Jefferies, heading into his third season at Oxon Hill, said he remembers Davis as one of the most fundamentally sound players he has ever coached. He said he hopes to guide Oxon Hill back among the county’s elite squads. Davis’ donation, along with the renovation of the school and installation of a turf field last season will help that cause.
“Needless to say, I am honored that Vontae chose Oxon Hill for his donating site,” Jefferies said. “He was always a great player who worked hard to get better. He understood the importance of the fundamentals, especially tackling. I am always proud of my former players who make it to the next level and Vontae has gone from high school to college to the NFL. That’s a very, very difficult feat to accomplish. I’m glad to know how much he thinks I helped in his development.”
Davis was one of only 26 players selected to the USA Football All-Fundamentals team, a group that includes recognizable names such as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Davis, also was not the only player selected with ties to a county school as Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Cameron Wake, a DeMatha High School graduate, was also chosen.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and trains more high school and youth football organizations than any other organization in the United States. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools, comprising over one million athletes, participated in USA Football’s Heads Up Program in 2014.
A five-member committee assembled the 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals team. Charles Davis, a football analyst for two networks, Herm Edwards, a former NFL defensive back and coach, Merrill Hoge, a former NFL player and current analyst, Carl Peterson, the current USA Football chairman and Bill Polian, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and former General Manager of three NFL teams, including the Colts, comprise the selection committee.