Davis in January 2010
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|Born:||January 26, 1968|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Anniston (AL)|
|NFL Draft:||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53|
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Eric Wayne Davis (born January 26, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft. Davis played in 13 NFL seasons from 1990 to 2002. He played college football at Jacksonville State. In October 2008, he was elected to the Division II College Hall of Fame. In May 2013, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Davis was a pivotal player in the 1994 NFC Championship Game versus the Dallas Cowboys when he made two key plays early in the game: a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game's third play from scrimmage and a forced fumble on Michael Irvin that led to another 49ers touchdown. These plays helped the 49ers beat the previous two-time champion Cowboys to advance to Super Bowl XXIX. The 49ers went on to beat the San Diego Chargers 49–26. In 1995, Davis went to the Pro Bowl and helped the 49ers be the number-one ranked defense.
In 1996, he became a free agent and signed with the Carolina Panthers, helping them reach the NFC title game only to lose to eventual Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers. After playing for one year (2001) with the Denver Broncos, in 2002, he ended his career with the Detroit Lions.
In the 2000s, Davis worked as a color analyst for the 49ers during the preseason on KPIX-TV, and also analyzed on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. In 2011, he was hired as the color analyst for the 49ers radio broadcasts, joining Ted Robinson in the booth, and replacing Gary Plummer. He was also the cohost of "The Drive with Tierney and Davis" on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
In 2015, he became a regular contributor on The Rich Eisen Show while moving to The NFL Network’s flagship program Total Access. In 2017 Davis was accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by two makeup artists while Davis was working on Total Access. Davis was terminated from both ESPN and The NFL Network following the accusations.
In 2019 he became cohost of Bleav in 49ers Podcast.
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- "Bleav in 49ers". Bleav Podcast Network. September 10, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
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