Charles Davis

About Charles Davis

2015 by Sami Kincaid 2

Charles returns to the NFL booth with Thom Brennamann in 2016.

You’ll never hear anyone accuse Charles Davis of being one-dimensional. He may be a football guy for FOX Sports, NFL Network and Tennessee Titans (preseason), but his interests span sports and the world. Some say he owns pop culture with quick recall for everything from bellbottoms to Bing (the crooner and the search engine).

That’s what Thom Brenneman and NFL audiences look forward to this football season as Davis rejoins the NFL on FOX in 2016.

Davis and Brenneman reconnected in the broadcast booth in 2015 after years assigned to other crews. They originally teamed to call BCS championship games in 2007, 2008 and 2009. They are further etched in college football lore as the voices that brought America Appalachian State’s upset over Michigan in 2007 for Big Ten Network.

Davis has enjoyed a super seat at the Super Bowl for the past three years as the analyst for NFL Films’ international feed. That bridge takes him from the regular football season to the scouting schedule when all-star games and NFL draft preparation take center stage.

Davis hit the golf course for a quick detour for the 2015 U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

Tabbed “the encyclopedia” by FOX play-by-play voice Gus Johnson, Davis is known for his meticulous film and copy study whether for FOX or NFL Network, the latter which he joined in 2006. Viewers that tuned in to Big Ten Network’s 2014 “Big Ten Football and Beyond” know the same, or Sports Stars of Tomorrow, a nationally syndicated show that highlights up-and-coming high school athletes, which Davis hosts for his fifth season.

At NFL Network, Davis provides in-depth college football and draft analysis alongside Daniel Jeremiah on “Path to the Draft” and NFL Draft coverage. He is also a member of the network’s coverage of the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl.

Davis began his tenure with FOX Sports in 2006, and boasts a resume there that includes an Emmy-Award winning Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl thriller when Boise State defeated Oklahoma in overtime (2007).

Prior to joining FOX, Davis worked as the lead football analyst for Big Ten Network and TBS. He also enjoyed stints with CBS, ESPN, The Golf Channel, TNT and Sun Sports Network. He worked as tournament director for the PGA Tour’s Disney Golf Classic from 1998-2000.

An Academic All-SEC selection at the University of Tennessee (1983-1986) Davis was a four-year starter at defensive back for legendary coach, Johnny Majors, with whom he reunited when Davis emceed a 2015 apparel rollout celebration in Knoxville. As a student-athlete at Tennessee, he helped lead the Volunteers to four straight bowl appearances where earned an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in history.

Davis briefly ventured into coaching as an assistant at the University of Pacific before he moved into athletic administration and imagejpeg_4coordination as Director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He followed with a role as assistant athletic director at Stanford University. Stints at FOX Sports South, Sun Sports, and work as a morning sports talk co-host in Orlando, Fla., launched Davis’ broadcast career.

After his transition to broadcasting, Davis amassed awards in the industry and for off-the-field work. In April 2016, he received the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Founders Award. A member of that organization’s selection committee, he and fellow honoree and NFL reporter Steve Wyche have also emceed its induction ceremonies.

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In 2009 he earned the Accomplished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, and was honored with distinction by the Florida High School Athletic Association. In 2008 he was a featured “Story of Character” by Tennessee and the Southeastern Conference during the SEC’s 75th Anniversary celebration. He was further honored as one of the top 50 athletes in the last 50 years in the tri-county by the Middletown Record in New York, which is near his hometown of New Paltz, N.Y.

A voracious reader known for swapping favorite titles with coaches throughout the country, Davis, his wife Lisa, daughter Taylor and son, Parker, reside in Orlando, Fla.


• The Biletnikoff Award (outstanding college football receiver)

• Butkus Award (best linebacker)

• Heisman Trophy

• Lott IMPACT Trophy (college football’s defensive IMPACT® Player of the Year)

• Manning Award (college football quarterback)

• NACDA John McClendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship