I was driving this morning behind an SUV with a Green Bay Packers flag on it. Those are slightly rare around Virginia, so it caught my eye. It also reminded me to pray for my favorite Packer, cornerback Davon House.
I know, it sounds silly, right? But I hold a lot of NFL players in high regard, and I’ve been following House’s NFL career with a keen eye. I’ve been hoping to see him get a chance to earn a starting spot in the league.
For the uninformed, Davon was a four-year starting cornerback (from 2007-2010) with the New Mexico State Aggies, the school that I’m attending. He was a two-time all-conference selection who was drafted by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s sixth in school history for career interceptions (11) and first in interception return yardage.
Although we didn’t overlap during our respective stays in Las Cruces, I did have the chance to meet Davon before the 2012 spring game and got him to autograph a picture for me. I distinctly remember saying some words of encouragement to him, about how I’m excited to see him in the NFL and that I’ve got a good feeling that he’ll be a quality starter for the Packers down the road. He was very grateful for that!
The thing that I’ve been impressed with is House’s likeable nature and his humble attitude. He’s a playmaker on the field, no doubt, but he’s very quiet and unassuming off the field. I’ve seen him do a number of interviews, and he’s always very gracious and soft-spoken.
It’s remarkable that House even made it to the NFL. As a kid, he and his brother Tyreace played baseball together and dreamed of going pro. But in Tyreace’s senior year of high school in Palmdale, California (Davon’s junior year), the two decided to try their hand at football. Both showed athleticism and ability, but it was Davon who grew to love being on the gridiron almost as much as the baseball diamond.
Despite Davon’s athletic ability and raw potential, he was unrecognized by any recruiting service out of high school. He enrolled at NMSU and walked on in the fall of 2007. By the end of that season, House was a starting cornerback and amassed four interceptions in his first four games as a true freshman. He etched his name in Aggie lore by becoming the first NMSU player to be drafted into the NFL in eight years, and the first former Aggie to be selected by the Packers. To this day, the Aggie faithful smile when they hear about House and his drive to make it to the pros against all odds.
Part of Davon’s humble, unassuming nature has to do with his strong Christian faith. On his Twitter profile, he lists himself as a Christian before he mentions being a Packer. He also puts John 3:16 on his Twitter bio and gives credit to God whenever he gets the chance. He’s also a family man, happily married to fellow NMSU alum Leatricia.
House was actively involved in charity work in Las Cruces, and almost immediately became involved in the community of Green Bay, visiting sick kids in hospitals and volunteering at a charity golf tournament, among other endeavours. He’s got a strong work ethic both on and off the field, and I pray that he’ll get his chance to shine as a starting cornerback.
Now entering his third season, House is pushing to win a starting job for the Packers. With training camp only a few weeks away, I will be hoping and praying for the best. I’m happy for Davon and his love for God, as well as his driven attitude and his hunger to succeed – not just as a pro football player, but as a man, husband, and Christ-follower. I pray that the Lord would protect Davon from injury and that his new marriage would be kept strong.
God bless Davon House and best wishes to him in the future – his best days are ahead of him!
Link to NMSU highlight reel:
Link to one-on-one interview with House (by Eastbay Sports):