Former VHS standout waived by Vikings

Noor Davis

Noor Davis

Former Villages High School football standout Noor Davis has been waived by the Minnesota Vikings.

The undrafted free agent linebacker out of Stanford reportedly will not be making the practice squad as the team trims down its roster in preparation for the start of the NFL season.

He was signed during training camp as a linebacker.

Davis ruffled feathers when he left the Villages High School for Leesburg High School. But as a Yellow Jacket, Davis was rated the second-best outside linebacker by ESPN and won the 2011 High School Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

His father played for the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. His uncle, Andre Tippett, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.





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  1. Harold Barlow says

    I think it is finally time to set the record straight. Noor and his family have always taken the high-road, but I will offer some greater perspective for those of you who have obviously been misinformed and intentionally misled. Thomas Lauterborn and Bill Williams your comments are absolutely mean-spirited and deplorable! They speak directly to your character and as adults, viscerally attacking a young person, you should be ashamed of yourselves! “Left his school holding the bag for greener pastures?” and “Wasn’t as good as he thought he was. Now what?”

    Let me provide you with some much needed context…

    Now what? Here’s what Bill…Noor attended and graduated (twice I might add) from arguably one of the finest academic institutions in the world. Stanford University. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in record time (4.25 years) while also earning five Bowl rings (including three Rose Bowls), three PAC 12 Championships, PAC 12 Academic Honorable Mention and Stanford Dean’s List honors. He also had the opportunity to be signed by an NFL franchise (the Minnesota Vikings) and to compete at the highest level of football which less than .0001% of all those who play football will ever accomplish. At the highest level, the margin of distinction between those who stay and those who will seek other opportunities is extremely thin. It is not a discussion about talent, but more so about fit, timing, system and/or numbers. Being waived is part of the business of professional football. Remember Joe Montana? Kurt Warner? James Harrison? Brett Favre? The list goes on and on. It’s extremely obvious that you are not familiar with the nuances of football at all levels. Noor is multi-talented, extremely humble, polite, respectful, and hardworking! Your words are ignorant. He will be just fine!

    “Left his school holding the bag for greener pastures?” I hope you are paying attention Thomas. That is a tale that Noor’s former head coach at VHS would like for you and others to believe. He has told that story to Noor’s former teammates and to others after Noor’s departure to LHS. Thank goodness for some true friends who knew differently and relayed the information. This same head coach even forfeited VHS’ 2011 summer passing league games against LHS so Noor wouldn’t play against his old team. Even more despicable, this same head coach vindictively attempted to have Noor declared ineligible for his Senior season at LHS as a result of his transfer to his local public school. Sadly, it was and still is an intentional fabrication to hide the true reason behind his family’s correct decision to remove him from an abusive situation which included physical abuse, verbal harassment and exploitation from at least two of his football coaches and numerous “so-called” teammates. This cannot be denied or disputed. There is a long line of coaches who have put their hands on their players who have been fired. Immediately following this incident, his family called for a meeting with school officials and coaches to advise them that the abuse would not be tolerated. They could have very easily called law enforcement officials, but chose not to at Noor’s encouragement. Your comment, “Left his school and teammates holding the bag for greener pastures,” is far from accurate.

    I find it sad that mature gentlemen like yourselves, Bill and Thomas, and others who have taken the time to keystroke negative comments would choose to pounce upon and to publicly condemn and ridicule such an upstanding young person for any decision that his family felt was in their child’s best interest. First and foremost…no sixteen year-old child can remove himself from a school without parental consent. I am also confident that given the same circumstances, any and all parents would take similar action.

    Thank goodness for the balancing comments of those who truly know or who have met this outstanding young man! He is tremendously resilient and has always remained extremely positive, humble and hardworking. This life is all about reinvention and evolution. If all you see is the football player…then you have missed a lot!

  2. Harold Barlow says

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt”

  3. LiZa Adkison says

    Noor, am very sorry… their loss not yours… wasn’t one of the uber great quarterbacks bagging groceries before being called back??? hang in there, many of us are praying for you

    • Thomas Lauterborn says

      There’s only one comment to make to all those of you that feels sorry for Davis.
      He left his school and teammates holding the bag for greener pastures

  4. Diane Farrell says

    Nasty comment Bill as Noor has his masters degree from Stanford and am sure whatever he does will be successful. Noor is a great kid and we wish him lots of success in the future.

    • Larry Gilbert says

      Bill, et al.
      My wife and I first met Noor on December 31, 2016, at the airport in Orlando waiting for the Village Van to return us to The Villages. He had just arrived from Dallas after playing and winning in the Cotton Bowl. What a fine you man. We were so impressed by him and he was very humble. He wasn’t a braggart or the like. He is one of two young me we were hoping would play in the NHL. I hope another team picks him up. I would like to see him play for the Tampa Bay Bucs. His best friend is Jameis Winston, the quarterback for the Bucs. Bill, you should try to reach Noor and I am certain you would be left with a different opinion than your nasty remark above. Good luck Noor in whatever you do. I am confident that you will be successful.

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