Rob Davis Introduction - Proteus
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bill Ruud and I have the privilege to be president of this wonderful university. I'm pleased to welcome you to tonight's Proteus lecture in conjunction with publication of the fall issue on sports, recreation and exercise.
At the heart of our university is our students. They are the reason we are here and they are the reason we do what we do everyday to help them succeed. As a former faculty member, I enjoyed working with students and as president I still look forward to the interaction with these talented young men and women.
As president, I am equally proud of what our students accomplish after they graduate. Our alumni have been successful in whatever professional field they are in and, more importantly, they have been successful as human beings.
Our guest tonight was able to reach the pinnacle in his field but takes as much pride in his personal life as he does in that achievement.
Rob Davis graduated from Shippensburg in 1992 after a record-setting career with the Red Raiders football team. As a defensive line standout for four year, Rob was a key member of the Red Raiders' NCAA Division II Football Championship team in 1991. In addition to numerous honors, he still holds the school record for most tackles by a lineman and is tied for the single-season record for sacks. He is a member of the university's Hall of Fame and is the first player to have his jersey retired by Shippensburg in any sport.
After graduation, Rob became the first player from Shippensburg to play in the NFL when he spent two training camps with the N.Y. Jets, a year with the CFL's Baltimore Stallions and a preseason with Kansas City. In 1996, he signed with the Chicago Bears and played all 16 games as the team's long snapper. In November 1997, he signed with Green Bay where he played until his retirement in 2007. That long career saw him play in Super Bowl XXXII.
The Pack, recognizing what a valuable person Rob is, named him director of player development where he plays a key role in helping players acclimate to their roles on and off the field and in the Green Bay community. As successful as he was on the field and with the Packers, he is equally is well-known in the Green Bay area for his community service to the region.
Tonight we have the privilege of having Rob return to his alma mater to share with us his unique perspective on sports and leadership. Ladies and gentlemen, Rob Davis.