Bruce Davis (linebacker)

Bruce Davis

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At a game in Denver in October, 2010.
No. 58, 97
Position: Linebacker / Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-02) September 2, 1985
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 4
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Pass deflections: 0
Player stats at

Bruce Edward Davis, II (born September 2, 1985) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (88th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He helped defeat the Arizona Cardinals with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. He played college football at UCLA.

Davis was also a member of the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Cincinnati Bengals. He is the son of former NFL offensive tackle Bruce Davis, Sr.

Early years

Davis attended Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. As a junior, he made 32 tackles, including eight sacks. He earned All-Greater Houston area and All-League honors after he recorded 65 tackles (50 solo), 12 quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a senior.

College career

At the University of California, Los Angeles, Davis played defensive end. He redshirted his freshman year in 2003. In 2004 he played in all 12 games, starting the first two contests, at defensive end. He had 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2005 Davis moved to outside linebacker from defensive end during the spring and played both positions early in the season before moving back to end due to injuries on the team. He appeared in all 12 games and his 28 tackles for the season and was tied for third on the team with two sacks and was sixth with six tackles for losses. As a junior in 2006, he was named first-team All-American by and and he was selected second team All-Pacific-10 Conference. On the year, Davis made 47 tackles, with 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. In 2007 he was a Second-team All-American choice by The NFL Draft Report and the Walter Camp Foundation and was first-team All-Pac-10 Conference. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and was on the watch lists for the Lott, Nagurski, Lombardi and Hendriks Awards. He started all 13 games at right defensive end, ranking tied for ninth in the nation and tied for first in the league with 12 sacks. He ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with 15.5 stops for losses. On the year he recorded 45 tackles (32 solos) caused two fumbles and recovered another and deflected nine passes and defensed 3 others.

Davis ranks second in school history with 29 quarterback sacks, topped only by Dave Ball’s 30.5 (2000–03). His 42.5 stops for losses rank third in school annals behind Ball (43.5) and Carnell Lake (45.5, 1985–88).

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅝ in 252 lb 4.78 s 1.60 s 2.75 s 4.47 s 7.34 s 32 in 9 ft 11 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine except broad and vertical jump (UCLA Pro Day)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Davis was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (88th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.[1] After being drafted by the Steelers, he was converted to outside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 defense, though faced difficulty in the transition, as he was inactive for most of his rookie season. He was waived on September 4, 2009.[2]

New England Patriots

Davis was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on October 7, 2009.[3] After spending the remainder of the season on the practice squad, he was re-signed to a future contract on January 13, 2010.[4] The Patriots waived Davis on May 27, 2010.[5]

Denver Broncos

Davis was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos on June 1, 2010.[6] He was waived on July 27.[7]

San Francisco 49ers

Davis was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on August 10, 2010.[8] On September 3, 2010, Davis was cut from the 53-player roster that would go on to play regular season games.[9] The 49ers then re-signed him to their practice squad on September 5, 2010;[10] he was released from his contract nine days later.[11] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 22.

Oakland Raiders

On October 5, 2010, the Oakland Raiders signed Davis to their active roster to help bolster the team's injury-depleted linebacker corps.[12] He was waived a year later on October 13, 2011.[13]

Cincinnati Bengals

On November 23, 2011 the Cincinnati Bengals signed Davis to their practice squad.[14]

Second Stint With the 49ers

On January 3, 2012, the San Francisco 49ers signed Davis to their practice squad.[15]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On August 4, 2012, Davis was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and assigned to their practice squad.[16] On August 16, he was promoted to the active roster and started his first career game vs. Winnipeg.


  1. "Steelers Sign Third Round Draft Pick Linebacker Bruce Davis". Jul 9, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  2. Labriola, Bob (September 5, 2009). "Steelers reduce roster to 53". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  3. "Patriots sign LB Bruce Davis to the practice squad". October 7, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  4. "Patriots sign LB Bruce Davis". January 14, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  5. "Pats release WR Stanback, LB Davis". May 27, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. "Broncos claim veteran LB Davis off waivers from Patriots". June 1, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  7. Klis, Mike (July 27, 2010). "Broncos waive two players". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  8. Price, Taylor (Aug 10, 2010). "49ers Sign LBs Davis and Long". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  9. "49ers Announce Roster Cuts". Sep 3, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  10. "49ers Sign Eight to Practice Squad". Sep 5, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  11. "Ginn hurt, 49ers re-sign receiver Jason Hill". San Francisco Chronicle. September 15, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  12. "Raiders sign LB Bruce Davis". USA Today. October 6, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  13. Tafur, Vic (October 13, 2011). "Curry in house, Raiders release Bruce Davis". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  14. "Bengals Sign Bruce Davis to Practice Squad". SBNation. November 23, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  15. Branch, Eric (January 3, 2012). "49ers sign LB Davis to practice squad". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  16. "Tiger-Cats sign 4 players to practice roster". CBC. August 5, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
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