Once a Florida Gator, always a Florida Gator. That sentiment is true for all proud alumni of the school, but it especially rings true for a pair of NFL players now joined together on the Detroit Lions.
Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone played together with the Gators from 2013 to 2016 on the same defense. They were friends in college, and as both transitioned to the league, distance and time both marched on. Now, the universe has managed to reconnect the pair in the Motor City, and Anzalone couldn’t be more grateful to enter a new phase with his good friend.
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Speaking to the media after practice on Tuesday, June 7, Anzalone explained that he was good friends with Davis and that remained so even after the duo went their separate ways into the league. Now that they are back together closer, it’s just been a continuation of the relationship.
“We were definitely tight (in college). As you go into the NFL and different teams and life goes on, I think that (some things change) but when you get back together, it’s like nothing’s ever changed,” Anzalone told the media. “We already hung out, our wives got together, our kids got together so it’s like nothing changed. It’s just a different part of our life except for (new families). I mean you feel the chemistry too. It’s like I said, it’s like nothing changed and it’s just like picking up where we left off.”
That relationship, along with Davis’ experience, will help the Lions on defense this year according to Anzalone. Given his prior experience in Detroit, he sees Davis as an easy fit within the defense and a player who’s veteran instincts will be appreciated, especially given what the team lost.
“It’s awesome. I think that losing (Jalen Reeves-Maybin) this past free agency to adding Jarrad Davis. You know he’s been here, he knows the ropes. It’s like he never left. It’s really important and even adding a vet like Chris (Board), I think that just helps the room overall,” he said.
Chemistry and leadership are a few things that have come natural to Davis, and he will have the chance to prove that he still has both in spades even if things haven’t gone …read more