North Park Graduate to be Inducted into LSU Athletic Hall of Fame

Wendell Davis, North Park alum and former NFL star

Wendell Davis earned bachelor’s degree at North Park after college, NFL career

CHICAGO — (August 8, 2011) North Park University graduate Wendell Davis, a standout wide receiver at Louisiana State University (LSU) and in the National Football League (NFL) with the Chicago Bears, will be inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame September 9 in Baton Rouge, La.

Following his NFL career, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from North Park in 2007 through the University’s Gains of Adult Learning (GOAL) program, now the School of Adult Learning. While he was at LSU, Davis worked on a degree in general studies, but did not finish before he was drafted by the Bears in 1988.

Davis played from 1984-87 with the LSU Tigers and was a two-time All-American. He led LSU to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in 1986 before earning SEC Most Valuable Player honors in 1987, according to a LSU news release. One of the most prolific pass-catchers in the history of Tiger football, Davis holds the LSU mark for most receptions in a career with 183 and is second in school history in receiving yards with 2,708, the release said.

LSU Hall of Fame quarterback Tommy Hodson and Davis combined to create an electrifying pass-catch combination. The Tigers went 28-6-2 in Davis' last three seasons, and appeared in the Liberty, Sugar, and Gator Bowls.

Davis was a first-round draft pick of the Bears and played six seasons before injuries took their toll. With the Bears, Davis played in 81 games and caught 207 passes for 3,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers before retiring in 1998. Davis now lives in Mundelein, Ill.

Davis will be inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame with three former LSU standout athletes and two former LSU coaches and administrators.


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