It is now official. Yesterday afternoon, Anthony Davis submitted his application to the NFL and to the San Francisco 49ers requesting to be reinstated to the league.
Davis's tweet was also confirmed later by the NFL as well:
Davis, whose played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 2007 to 2010, voluntarily left the league last year, claiming he wanted time to "let his brain and body heal." At the time he left the league in May 2015 he left the door open at that time, refusing to say that he planned to retire permanently. Instead, he stated he planned to return as the best right tackle in the league.
Davis was the Scarlet Knight's first 1st round draft pick when he was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers as the 11th overall pick that year. in April 2013, he received a five year, $37.5M contract, of which $15.95M was guaranteed.
While at Rutgers, he was named the starting right guard of the sixth game of the 2007 season, and started for every remaining game of his collegiate career. At the end of the season, he received freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers of America, the Sporting News, and Rivals.com, and second team All-American honors from Scout.com.
Before the beginning of the 2008 season, Davis was named as a starting left tackle by Head Coach Greg Schiano, and started 12 games at that position. By the end of his final season at Rutgers, Davis was named a second team All-American as well as first team All-Big East.
Davis, while very successful at Rutgers had no great love for his former head coach, Greg Schiano. He famously said that Schiano "didn't do shit" to help him prepare for his NFL career, and said that his time working with the now-Defensive Coordinator for Ohio State and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneer's Head Coach was not enjoyable. "He was an asshole, but that's old now."
However, many 49ers and Scarlet Knight fans are happy to see Davis return to the pro ranks. As one fan tweeted:
@NFL Good, he's a beast.— Sgt. Harkless (@harklessharold) July 26, 2016
Davis is a strong supporter of NJ recruits staying home and playing for their in-state school. In another famous tweet, he said:
If you're from NJ and got a full ride to Rutgers to play ball and didn't go there I'm not trying to hear how "you put on for Jersey"..— Anthony Davis (@BamDavis_) August 31, 2014
It will be good to see Anthony back in red and gold on Sundays. He has been a good representative for the NFL, the 49ers, and particularly the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.