On Wednesday, the brother of Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis passed away, and Davis said he plans to play tonight in honor of his late brother.
Titus Davis, 27, died following a battle with a rare form of cancer in his kidneys. However, just one day later, his younger brother will suit up for the Titans’ Thursday Night Football matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Like his brother, Titus played football as a wide receiver as well. While attending Central Michigan he broke school records at the wide receiver position. Additionally, he had a short career in the NFL as an undrafted free agent. During younger brother Corey’s time at Western Michigan, the Titans receiver said that Titus is who turned him into the successful football player he is today.
“He’s the sole reason I’m playing this sport today,” Corey Davis said of his brother. “We’re always working and getting better together. He’s helped me, even when I was at Western, and he was at Central. He’s helped me find things I need to do better and improve on.”
Titus Davis Passes Away Following Cancer Battle
Titus Davis passed away after suffering from renal medullary carcinoma, which is a rare cancer of the kidneys that typically afflicts young adults.
Both Davis and his younger brother, Titans wide receiver Corey Davis, grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. The two brothers grew up loving football and even starred on their high school team together. Both standout wide receivers went on to have successful college careers in the state of Michigan. However, the brothers attended different universities with Titus going to Central Michigan and Corey going to Western Michigan.
Titus had a stellar collegiate football career. He finished as Central Michigan’s career leader in both receiving yards and touchdowns. In fact, he broke the two records that had previously been held by NFL Pro Bowler Antonio Brown. Titus received All-MAC honors in all four of his seasons at the university. He scored at least eight touchdowns in four different seasons and is the only player in major college football to do so. In fact, he also scored a touchdown on the last play of his collegiate career. During the 2014 Bahamas Bowl, Titus scored on a three-lateral play as the clock ran out.
The receiver went undrafted by NFL teams. But, the San Diego Chargers signed him, followed by short stints with the Jets, Bills and Bears during his brief NFL career.
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